I flummox you with codswallop


This week Esther Newton challenges us to write a ten-word story which includes five words from the following list:

  • Popsicle
  • Queen
  • Codswallop
  • Flip-flop
  • Splash
  • Snotty
  • Flummoxed
  • Nincompoop
  • Jail
  • Hot

Here’s my take on it:

Flummoxed, the nincompoop queen licks flip flop, foot in popsicle.

Because I’m incapable of reining myself in, I’ve written an extra one:

“Nincompoop! Hitting the Queen with a hot flip-flop! Jail! Now!”

and then broken the rules by writing a fifteen word story using all of the ten words:

Hot day. Snotty nincompoop throws flip-flop seawards. Splash! Flummoxed queen
drops popsickle. Demands jail. Codswallop!

© Jane Paterson Basil


12 thoughts on “I flummox you with codswallop

          1. Ah, sorry, Jane. Some footage of the Queen as a young girl has recently been released with her, the Queen Mum and other members of the family practicing Nazi salutes – before the War that is. Poor woman was only 7 at the time, merely doing what her parents told her too – hardly her fault and I think the family may have changed their minds about the Nazis once they started dropping bombs on Buck House!

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              1. Yep, it certainly seemed to the German people for a a while at least that the Nazi’s were a force for good, rescuing a flailing economy after years of financial austerity. Hang on – that sounds familiar …

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                  1. You see- nothing to worry about after all. I’m sure all the people who die after being refused sick benefit will be happy to know they’re the foundation of a Fourth Reich that will last a thousand years … 🙂

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