Access to the hospital was via a boat pulled by a rope up a creek from the estuary to the hospital.
As the hospital was an isolation unit in the times when few recovered from serious illness, being up that creek without a paddle had really negative connotations.
The same can be said for organisations in the payments industry that are still relying on the waterfall approach to the software development lifecycle (SDLC).
As a graduate of a computer science program in the 1980s I was schooled in, used and endorsed this particular SDLC.
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The common meaning of the well used phrase “up a creek without a paddle” is widely shared around the world.
If you find yourself wanting to ask questions about your exclusivity or relationship status, well, don’t do it.
The second the person thinks you are getting “clingy” then you’re heading up the creek without a paddle.
As with most such sayings, there are multiple contenders for its origination.
My favorite source for this phrase refers to an expression used by sailors of the Royal Navy in the 19th century to describe being sent to the Naval Hospital near Portsmouth.
Those are my most important rules to remember if you want to avoid being on the bad end of any ghosting activity. If you choose to not play it cool, then you are bound to have some problems.