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Odd Ducks

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome to Odd Ducks

This light-hearted lens is devoted to a laughable, loopy and more often than not eccentric personalities...euphemistically called "odd duck"

You know the ones we mean ...the friendly foks who have difficulty getting their ducks in a row, the ones who don't know how to duck and cover, or those who just aren't ducky enough to win friends and influence people.

So, if you can't figure out how to make easy-peasy "Duck Soup" -- welcome to the Odd Ducks Club!


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"Lord Love A Duck" - an English idiom or interjection meaning, "Goodness Gracious".


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SPEAKING OF SIMILIES AND INTRIGUING IDIOMS - What is the truth behind "as/like a duck takes to water"?

It is said that ducks take to water rather easily or naturally, but judging from the habits of homo sapiens, it would appear that humans consume far more than their fair share of H2O.

The national average American household footprint is 100 gallons per capita per day.

According to Aquacraf the average daily water use in a standard home is as follows:

from faucets is 10.9 gallons per capita per day

from showerheads is 11.6 gallons per capita per day

from toilets is 18.5 gallons per capita per day

from dishwashers is 10 gallons per load per day

from laundry machines is 12.9 gallons per person per load

and of course there's watering your lawn and garden and/or filling the backyard pool...a humongous amount.

So I ask you, who really is the "odd one" out here? Certainly not the duck who although he/she takes a bath every day, does so with far less water consumption than the hoggish human being. Perhaps it's time to change this intriguing idiom to "as/like a homo sapien takes water."


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George thought he looked rather dapper in his duds for the Annual Duck Soup Cook Off. - Unfortunately, the judges thought he was a few feathers short of a whole

"Duck Soup", an English idiom meaning something that can be accomplished very easily.


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SITTING DUCK SHORT STORY - Bufflehead had a funny feeling that his only calling in life was to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.

"Sitting Duck", figurative expression meaning someone or something vulnerable to attack, physical or verbal. (Alludes to a duck floating on the water, not suspecting that it is the object of a hunter, a predator, or the Fickle Finger of Fate.


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ODD BITS OF ORNITHOLOGY - What's the difference between a "Daffy Duck" and a "Lame Duck"?

In a politically-correct world, it is impolite not to mention insensitive to use the nomenclature "Daffy Duck". It however both appropriate and acceptable to use the term, "a cerebrally-challenged member of the Anitidae family of feathered friends", when describing a domesticated damsel in distress with a rather fine tail, a wicked pair of web feet, and a quacking good sense of humor.

On the other hand, a "lame duck" is a bird of a different feather. It is by all accounts an odd ornithological creature. Although most domestic ducks are descended from the wild Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, the politically-correct term for a deficit-challenged domesticated duck holding the post of President of a powerful pond unlikely to be re-elected is an "Abelist Anas platyrhynchos".


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ISN'T THAT DUCKY! - Getting one's ducks in a row?

Here are just a few intriguing idioms in English that revolve around "ducks".

"Isn't that ducky?" -- synonym -- isn't that great, hunky-dory

"Getting one's ducks in a row" -- to get one's affairs in order or well organized

"Lame Duck" -- used figuratively, it means an individual who is in the last period of a term in an elective office and cannot run for reelection


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DEAD-EYE DUCK pondered for a moment before taking aim with his water pistol. - He had his work cut out for him ducking and diving for a living.

"Ducking and Diving" -- an entertaining euphemism meaning one who is involved in many different activities, especially ones that are less than honest.


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CONFUCIOUS SAY... - "Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in."

On the other hand, a quack doctor knows that only duck tape can seal a pair of loose lips and prevent a roast duck from dropping in open mouths unexpectedly.


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FINE WEATHER FOR DUCKS! - At least with a little yellow rubber duck, one is never alone.

"Fine weather for ducks" -- a gregarious greeting meaning that any unpleasant rainy weather must be good for something.


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So who is your favorite dashing duck cartoon character?

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Duck Soup (Max the Duck)
Duck Soup (Max the Duck)

A wonderfully witty book that will engage anyone who wants to tickle their funnybone.

Duck and Cover
Duck and Cover

Popular piece by an award-winning illustrator and author.

Duck at the Door (Max the Duck)
Duck at the Door (Max the Duck)

A great gift for the quirky duck in your life!

Ducks in a Row (I Can Read Level 1)
Ducks in a Row (I Can Read Level 1)

Who says you can't have fun with "Ducks in a Row"?

Sitting Duck
Sitting Duck

"Sitting Duck" is sure to please daffy duck folks of any age!


Do birds of a feather really flock together?

"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands."

-- Douglas Adams, British humorist and author, 1952-2001

If there's one thing Santa can't stand ... - It's a high-strung hired hand who quacks back!


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Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, every punctuation mark counts!
Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, every punctuation mark counts!

If you haven't mastered the art of punctuation, you're not alone -- join the "Twenty Odd Ducks" that exist in the English language.

The Odd Egg
The Odd Egg

The perfect gift for egg-heads!

Kikkerland Duck Kitchen Timer
Kikkerland Duck Kitchen Timer

The best invention to prevent burned toast and other ducky things from happening.

Duck "Quack" Cute Funny Mug/Coffee Cup
Duck "Quack" Cute Funny Mug/Coffee Cup

Frankly, this is the best sippy cup in town!


In the world of The Ugly Duckling - There's always a place for another quack!

Frankly, there's something to be said for being an ugly duckling in a pond of swans, a coop of chickens, or a pen full of turkeys -- at least you stand out from the crowd of other colorless critters.


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A Cast of Colorful Characters! - There's nothing more dashing than Donald Duck!

Enesco Disney Traditions by Jim Shore 4011751 Donald Duck Personality Pose Figurine 4-1/2-Inch
Enesco Disney Traditions by Jim Shore 4011751 Donald Duck Personality Pose Figurine 4-1/2-Inch

Frankly, when it comes to flaky feathered friends -- Donald Duck is right up there!

Disney Mickey Mouse Donald Goofy Pluto NOEL Lighted Christmas Decoration #39764
Disney Mickey Mouse Donald Goofy Pluto NOEL Lighted Christmas Decoration #39764

what would the Happy Holidays be without a mirthfuly mouse, a dweebish duck, and dingbat dog?

Disney WDCC ''Tropical Tempo'' Donald Duck Figurine
Disney WDCC ''Tropical Tempo'' Donald Duck Figurine

How about letting this laughable, lollygagging duck woo you to sleep at night?


Feedback from the front-lines of those who think things are as easy as duck soup!

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