Posted by Bob on January 10, 2000
In Reply to: Lord love a duck! posted by Patty on January 10, 2000
: : : I have relatives who on occasion exclaim "Lord love a duck!" But I'm not sure what is meant by it. Does anyone know this one?
: : : Also, does anyone have any idea where it comes from?
: : It is an exclamation in the "boy, oh, boy" or "wowee" vein.
: : I have no idea as to it's derivation.
: : There was a 1966 or so film starring Roddy McDowall, Tuesday Weld, Lola Albright, Ruth Gordon and Harvey Korman named "Lord Love A Duck", a way out off-beat comedy that lampooned the 60s Southern California teen culture.
: Is it - or can it be - positive, negative, or neutral?
I've always heard it as mild amazement, expressing much the same sentiment as "well now I've seen everything," or "imagine that!"