A short story which includes 9 rarely used words!



EToday’s redundant words are :-

Eyne – eyes

Equipage – equipment

Embouchure  the mouth of a river

Erelong – soon

Eftsoon – in a short while

Egad – exclamation of surprise.

Enow – enough

Excogigate – plot, plan, devise

Esurient – hungry




What a nice campsite.  Now, where shall I pitch up?  This spot’s perfect.  A treat for the eyne. It’s beside the embouchure so I’ll be able to catch fish and paddle during the day and the sound of rippling water will send me to sleep at night!

Now, let’s get the equipage.  Firstly my little tent.  Apparently, it’s easy to put up.  Just a few poles, some ropes and some cloth. Erelong, my home for the next few days will be ready for occupation!  Eftsoon, I’ll be sitting by my campfire cooking … something.  Not sure what just yet. I might go foraging.  We’ll see. 

Anyway, here goes.  That fits there and this goes here.  So far so good.  Bang some pegs in...ouch, my thumb … and there it is!

1737026Egad, what’s that?  I’m being stared at by a wild beast.  They didn’t say anything about them on Tripadvisor!  Shoo!

Oh no, it’s beginning to rain. I’ll have to crawl inside.  Blimey, it’s a bit smaller than I expected. Never mind. Oo-err, the wind’s getting up, please don’t blow me away!

I’ve had enow.  This was not a good idea.  I need to excogitate and I’m esurient too so I’ll walk up to The Good Intent pub for some grub and have a think.

“Fish and chips, and a pint of your finest frothing ale landlord please, and do you perchance offer bed and breakfast accommodation?”



Tomorrows words

fastuous, fabulist, flatulopetic 

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45 thoughts on “A short story which includes 9 rarely used words!

  1. Denise D Hammond Apr 6, 2020 / 01:44

    You should have thrown equipage into your list. Don’t hear that too often around here.

    I take it this camper guy is the same guy who shops at IKEA?

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 6, 2020 / 09:10

      Well spotted Denise. I meant to add and didn’t realise iI hadn’t! It’s there now.

      I’m not sure Ikea guy would manage to erect a tent!


  2. Unishta Apr 6, 2020 / 08:41

    I thought Egad was just an exclamation used in Archie comics . Didn’t know it was a real world. What a pity about the camping .

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 6, 2020 / 09:15

      Apparently, it was first used in 1673 as ‘a mild oath’! Yes, not the most successful trip. Thanks, Unishta.

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  3. Shweta Suresh Apr 6, 2020 / 09:27

    I have devised a game for myself where I read your story, try to guess the meaning of words and check if I’m write. Even though the camping trip turned disastrous, your story was excellent! 😀 Great job, Keith. 🙂


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 6, 2020 / 13:03

      There were quite a few today! I’m pleased my brief explanations came in handy.


  4. Stu Apr 6, 2020 / 13:12

    Hi Keith. Yes, camping is not for everyone, especially what appears to be a first-timer. Camping, to me, is best served with a cozy cabin with a cozy functional kitchen and excellent wifi reception. Ah, nature.

    ps. I knew only three of the words in your list. This is almost like a game: who can score the most “I Know That Word!” after Z rolls out. The prize is: knowledge.

    Tale Spinning

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 6, 2020 / 13:44

      I am a rough camper, and love my little tiny tent! Sounds like you are a ‘glamper’!

      I’m not sure these words will be much use in the future, but who knows?


  5. Anagha Yatin Apr 6, 2020 / 15:29

    Some plans look good only on paper or in thoughts. I am sure, that this eventful outing will be recollected more often that the trips/excursions that go well.
    Out of the 9 new words, I knew esurient and rest added to my piggy bank of new old words 😉

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 6, 2020 / 16:39

      Now I come to think of it you’re absolutely right! I’ve had a couple of camping disasters and I remember them well. Plenty of new old words to come. Thanks Anagha.

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  6. Arti Apr 6, 2020 / 15:49

    Egad and Enow I absolutely love. I’m practising them now. So that when the husband gets home on time, I can exclaim: “Egad! you’re early.” And after his second helping of food, I shall pronounce: “Enow!”
    Am I getting the hang of it Keith?
    I do feel like I’ve just read all of Chaucer’s Tales in one go. This is the closest I’ve come to Old English:)
    Cheer for the education.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 6, 2020 / 16:34

      Haha! You are such a rapscallion! You’re certainly getting the hang of it. I’d love to hear what his reaction is! Thanks for your delightful comment Arti.


  7. Varad Apr 6, 2020 / 18:42

    That was quite the misadventure. But the trekker in me guffaws at his obvious lack of success in the wild. Erelong has been one of my favourite words ever since I spotted it in Tolkien’s works. Guess I should start using it more often.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 7, 2020 / 13:50

      Indeed, it rolls off the tongue. I’m a minimalist camper myself and love roughing it, but it didn’t suit this guy!


  8. Namratha Varadharajan Apr 6, 2020 / 20:55

    Egad, what’s that? It is an art to make a failed camping trip sound that funny! and 9 words in one story! Hoot! hoot!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 7, 2020 / 13:46

      Written from personal experience! If you think 9 is a lot, I’ll have 11 for you on Thursday!


  9. Vidya Tiru Apr 6, 2020 / 21:43

    So many of these words should be used more often…I am glad I am back to reading your stories …

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Srivalli Apr 7, 2020 / 05:31

    Egad, Eyne, and Enow- such cool words. I’m going to use them soon. 😀
    Poor guy, he definitely needs better skills.

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  11. soniadogra Apr 7, 2020 / 07:42

    What a misadventure! But all those new words in there were the silver lining. Weren’t they? I’ve decided to make a Keith’s Dictionary after A to Z. How’d that be??

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  12. Suzy Apr 7, 2020 / 07:55

    Thank goodness for the glossary otherwise I might have thought this was a foreign language. Your series is fun!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Virginia Waytes Apr 7, 2020 / 10:26

    I really thing “Egad” should make a comeback – it’s such a great word. I actually knew several of your words for E 😂 I would be in the B&B too if that was me.
    Tasha 💖
    Virginia’s Parlour – The Manor (Adult concepts – nothing explicit in posts)
    Tasha’s Thinkings – Vampire Drabbles
    P.S. Sorry for being late – have been running around like a mad thing for the podcast launch today.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 7, 2020 / 13:30

      Yes, it’s a great little word! I like ‘youser’ too, Thanks for dropping by on your busy day.


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 8, 2020 / 15:55

      I’m the opposite – can’t get enough of sleeping under the stars. Each to their own.


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