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Dead Duck

Posted by Jenny Slocombe on October 17, 2006

I know what "Dead Duck" means, but what is its origin?

I heard a theory that it is a variation of the naval "dead in the water" (meaning a damaged boat) and well, ducks live/die in water too!!

Anyone have any ideas?

Jenny Slocombe