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As thick as a duck pluckers wick

Posted by RRC on January 03, 2007

In Reply to: As thick as a duck pluckers wick posted by Bob 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.

Since I've never heard anything mentioned about the properties due to the thickness of a candle's wick, I would have assumed it was euphemistically about a duck _ucker's _ick. (^_^)