Duck, love and duck-love

Posted by Psi on February 28, 2002

In Reply to: Duck, love and duck-love posted by Word Camel on February 26, 2002

: : : : : Ducks -- "Buildings that are meant to mimic things, such as objects or animals, are called 'Ducks,' and are among the most popular roadside attractions. The term 'duck' came about in reference to one building, The Big Duck in Riverhead, Long Island, but the term now refers to all buildings which are disguised as other sorts of objects."

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: : : : : OK, it's not exactly a phrase. But I think it's interesting.

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: : : : If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's a duck. It could a a dry cleaners.

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: : : The French would probably consider it a canard.

: : : psi

: : Back in the 1930s, when I was a boy in the East End of London, and for many years after, 'ducks' was a cockney expression of familiarity between acquaintances. I've forgotten how many times I heard the greengrocer say to my mother, " 'ow are yer then, ducks." Origin? - I don't know, but rhyming slang is probably in there somewhere.

: Love' is used in the same way today "'ow are yer then, love?" It's usually used when adressing a woman. However, a friend from Plymouth who worked up north told me told me men, even big, burley labourers he worked with, used it as a form of address with one another. Which made my friend nervous.

: Anyway this got me to thinking of terrible American movies of the 60's in which colourful, earthy, cockney or possibly liverpudlian women say things like "Lord love a duck". Tell me someone, is that *really* an expression?
: What is it supposed to mean? Does it have anything to do with 'love' and 'duck' as a term of familiarity?

I suppose it's just coincidence that "duck" and "love" are both used as zero scores in sports? (cricket & tennis)