A one-word wonder!




The letter N has proved the most problematic of the entire month when seeking obsolete words on which to base a yarn! I just have one!


Naupathia Seasickness



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This was not a good idea.  I should not have been talked into it. 

Last year she wanted us to go on a cruise.  Barbados, Jamaica.  No way, I said.  I’ll fly there but I’m not going on a boat.

The thing is, I suffer from naupathia.  Admittedly it’s only reared it’s ugly green head once and that was on a cross-channel ferry.  But it was horrible and more than enough to put me off for life. 

Since then, I haven’t even been able to have my rubber duck in the bath with me, because watching it bob up and down makes me feel queazy.

So, like I said, this was not a good idea, but I’ve accepted the challenge and like Captain Cook and Popeye before me, I’m about to brave the ocean.


I’m ready,

I’m calm, 

I’m climbing aboard. 

and here we go. 


Wooo, I’m going up.

Weee, I’m going down.

Up, tilt left. 

Down, tilt right.

I don’t … like … this … I’m going … to be ……



Don’t you ever tell me to hire a pedal boat on the beach again.


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33 thoughts on “A one-word wonder!

  1. msjadeli Apr 16, 2020 / 02:37

    I hope he was able to heave-ho over the edge of the paddle boat. Poor guy!

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  2. Unishta Apr 16, 2020 / 03:22

    I loved how you got sick watching the rubber duck bob ! I am scared of drowning and even though I am a proficient swimmer , I literally swim with my heart in my mouth

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  3. Kathe W. Apr 16, 2020 / 03:56

    oh my tummy is a rocking from your description….must get off my chair and lie down! Take it easy- I’ll be back tomorrow! Cheers!

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  4. soniadogra Apr 16, 2020 / 05:44

    Oh Keith. I’m an absolute no no for water and boats. Never been on a cruise ship. Even the pool doesn’t lure me at all!

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  5. hilarymb Apr 16, 2020 / 08:04

    Hi Keith – not sure how he managed to relay the tale! Well done … might be a new game … go well – Hilary

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  6. Suzy Apr 16, 2020 / 09:35

    I’ve been on 3 cruise ships – 2 were fine but one was terrrible naupathia hit me in a big way. I think I will avoid cruise ships (at least for now)

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  7. Srivalli Apr 16, 2020 / 12:50

    Oops! I’ve got motion sickness and buses make me feel the same way. Ugh!! I’d rather not go anywhere.
    Poor guy, hope he is feeling fine after the adventure.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 16, 2020 / 14:41

      I’m glad I don’t suffer from bus sickness, I use them all the time! I imagine he’s recovered by now Srivalli.


  8. Arti Apr 16, 2020 / 15:43

    Am I correct in my assumption after reading your post today that his resident rubber duck has to make do with quick showers these days? Rubber Duck gets bonus points for being green.
    He, on the other hand, well, what can I say? Green is not really his colour.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 16, 2020 / 16:36

      He does and it’s driving him quackers! No, green is not not the most flattering of shades.


  9. Stu Apr 16, 2020 / 16:12

    That made me laugh. Thanks, Keith. I needed that. Man, I miss paddle boating.

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  10. Varad Apr 17, 2020 / 20:07

    I can’t swim to save my life (know enough swimming to waddle around for a few minutes until someone rescues me) but I have no issues with being on a boat. Catamarans, Jet skis, Motor boats, cruise ships, rowboats… you name it, I love them all. Guess this guy is my complete opposite.

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  11. Shweta Suresh Apr 17, 2020 / 20:53

    Yikes! Poor guy. I don’t envy him. I could picture this story very vividly in my mind. Excellent description! And I managed to guess Naupathia. 😀


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