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Re: As thick as a duck pluckers wick

Posted by Bob on January 02, 2007

In Reply to: Re: As thick as a duck pluckers wick posted by pamela on January 02, 2007

: : 'as thick as a duck pluckers wick'..... an aylesbury saying originating from the trade in duck rearing that aylesbury was famous for. It refers to the thickness of a candlewick used to see when plucking ducks after dark, a poorly paid job that was rewarded depending on the amount of ducks killed, plucked, drawn and dressed!....... and isn't very complimentry saying, regarding a persons intellegence!

: So, am I right in assuming that the duck pluckers wick is thicker than a normal wick? Pamela

At best, they're relentlessly plucky,
But unlucky, cause this job's so mucky,
But a duck-plucker's wick
Is regarded as thick,
Which, said with a wink, is just ducky.