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The duck's nuts

Posted by Smokey Stover on May 25, 2006

In Reply to: The duck's nuts posted by Peter Tucker on May 24, 2006

: : Can someone find the origin of the phrase 'the duck's nuts'?? generally a term for something good used in australia.

: Not sure who coined it but I presume it's meant to be a humorous echo of the phrase "the dog's bollocks" which also signifies something good in British English (not sure if it's used in Australia).

Someone on the Web (I've forgotten the URL) compares it to "the bee's knees," a whimsical expression of the '20s or '30s signifying something good, but rarely seen. Bees may have knees, for all I know, but duck's nuts? ♪ SS ♪

See: the meaning and origin of the phrase "the bee's knees".