A friend sent me a video featuring rescued ducks, which got me to thinking about colorful North American phrases that feature those amazing fowl. They include my title, 'feeling ducky', which means a person is in good spirits.
While I don’t know the derivation or origin, I cannot picture an angry duck except in cartoon form. And Daffy sure can pull a snit! ~grin~ Seriously, do a search on ‘Daffy Duck angry’. It’s a hoot. That boy needs to relax.
There’s another phrase I heard in childhood that indicates a person tackled a task or skill with ease – 'like a duck taking to water'. Or when someone doesn’t allow a bad situation or insult (et al.) to bother them they let it go 'like water off a duck’s back'.
If you want to watch the (quite short) video, I will warn you that the music gets a bit tedious. But the footage is amazing.
Do you know of any other phrases that feature ducks? I imagine the fabulous birds get prominent mention in many languages.