Lord Love A Duck - What Does That Mean Exactly?

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Real Estate Broker with Re/Max Sunset Realty

Craig took this cute picture at Citrus Park Mall and when I looked at it, it reminded me of an expression my Mom used to use when we lived in England (usually when she was surprised or dismayed).  So I went agoogling and tried to find out what it means.

Duck toys


Seems like no-one really knows. It’s an old English expression that  has shown up in the works of T.S. Eliot and P.G. Wodehouse and according to the OED, James Joyce’s Ulysses but that doesn’t explain it.

It seems to have come from Cockney verbiage. As everyone knows, rhyming was used as a way to hide expletives within their colorful language. Michael Quinion of World Wide Words found it in a book from 1907 by Louis Tracy. The Urban Dictionary defines it “as an expression used when nothing else will fit.” Vague, very vague in my opinion.

Lord Love A Duck was also a black comedy from 1966 starring Roddy McDowell and Tuesday Weld (whatver happened to her): a satire of the ‘60’s culture. (If you watch the trailer, turn your sound down first) I never heard of it before so it must not have been a big hit.

 

Anyway, I couldn't find an explanation just seven Lords a'leaping which is another thing I haven't figured out yet so let's not go there.



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Hi Toni, Craig took a photo of the famous Dear Ducks. They are the only Ducks that the Lord created with Antlers but he realized that the antlers were to heavy and they were always drowning. SO maybe that where the expression comes from, Lord Love A Duck. He re-created the ducks without the Antlers this time proving that he did indeed loves ducks. Well, it is plausible, on second thought, maybe not. :-)

 

Here is wishing you and family a most Special and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with wonderful photos and great business too!

December 24, 2012 12:29 PM
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Wishing you and your entire family an absolutely wonderful Christmas Holiday! Blessings to you and yours!

December 24, 2012 12:30 PM
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William - I love that explanation and will remember it. Very funny. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Barbara-Jo - Merry Christmas, see you in 2013.  Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.

December 24, 2012 12:42 PM
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I'm smiling at William's Comment #18.  William, those antlers are a testiment that evolution does exist.  Evolution is simply God's way of building a better mousetrap:-)  Merry Christmas Toni.  I hope you are enjoying the holidays!

December 24, 2012 04:17 PM
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Mryl- William's comments quacked me up too. Very creative of him. Merry Christmas to you, Myrl.

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