Word for Wednesday (W4W) #04

Fourth post for the W4W event!

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Today’s word is…


Love that word!

It is defined as “secret or dishonest activity or manoeuvring” which I find far less agreeable than my preferred alternative “silly or high-spirited behaviour; mischief“.

It is another word that I think sounds exactly as it should… say it out loud, shen-an-ig-ans!

It even sounds divilish, mischievous and just plain fun!

I always feel it is a very Irish term… it sounds just right in our accent.

There is a theory that it stems from the Irish word sionnachuighim  meaning, I play the fox.

This struck me as quite interesting, because there is another, much-loved phrase here in Ireland, that is used interchangeably with shenanigans, which is, “acting the maggot“, (i.e. acting in a lighthearted, non-serious manner), such as Would you look the shenanigans of him? Acting the feckin’ maggot!”

So, the next time you feel you need to describe someone who is up to no good, a mischief-maker or just a plain fool, you can perhaps consider using the word shenanigans instead?

Better still, tell the *eejit to “stop acting the maggot and **cop on!”

I am looking forward, as always, to seeing what words land in my comments section!

Happy writing!



* eejit = Irish slang for “idiot”.

** cop on = Irish slang for “stop being silly and get some common sense”.

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5 thoughts on “Word for Wednesday (W4W) #04

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  2. You’d have to be dead from the neck up to not like ‘Shenanigans’. What’s not to love? The way it rolls around your tongue, the way it makes you want to dance- a jig all tied up in a word. And ‘acting the maggot’- never heard it before, but love it. Might try and slip it into the next conversation I have- maybe I’ll start a trend, a tiny piece of Ireland in Bristol!
    Here’s my effort which you’ll find on Word Shamble. It’s all about mouths and what we do with them!

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