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Totally off topic...

Posted by James Briggs on October 23, 2003

In Reply to: Totally off topic... posted by Lotg on October 23, 2003

: : : : : : Anyone know the origin of this one. My dad always says it, but why not LORD LOVE A CHICKEN?

: : : : : : Thanks,
: : : : : : steph

: : : : For origins try searching on "love a duck" in the
: : : : archives. Why not chickens? I have not personally spent much time with chickens but I understand they are stupid and unpleasant. Ducks at least swim around and look cute.

: : : : Camelita
: : : : Whose theories about chickens and ducks are entirely unscientific.

: : : ::: Poor much maligned chooks. You might think ducks look cuter, but it appears to me you've not have to raise them. Ducks are messier and dirtier and smellier. They do unpleasant things with their water and then spread it all about. And frankly with the exception of some breeds, I think they're more stupid than most chickens. Having provided that useless insight, I too would like to know the origins of this saying, cos it is a bit strange when you think it through, yet it's been around for yonks! Very English methinks.

: :
: : Do you put the series of colons in front of your posts on purpose? I just wondered because the board adds them to previous posts automatically but because yours seem to have them the first time you post. I sometimes find I miss part of what you've said, assuming that the colons infront of a first paragraph or sentence are there to indicate a previous post.

: : Anyway, just wondered if it was a technical thing or what.

: Ha ha, no it's not a tech writing thing, just a wally thing. In a different thread I mentioned that I'm prone to exaggeration and over-stating, I suppose I'm also prone to over-typing. I'll avoid the colons in future.

: Although I'm perplexed about the colons the first time I post, because I'm pretty sure I don't put them in then. But maybe it's subconscious and I'm not even aware of it. Hmmm. That's a worry.

If anyone has a Dictionary of Rhyming slang I think you may find the origin there. It was very common in the East End of London in the 1930s-50s. I always assumed it was rhyming slang.