15.6.06

"Wacko the ducks"

So here I sit, reading the transcripts of David Marshall's oral history interview from the National Archives of Singapore, and I can't help noticing that he has something of an affection for the phrase, "Wacko the ducks". He seems to use it in the way one would react with great surprise or shock, sorta like "Get outta here!" (if you're American) or "No way!" (if you're a teenager) or "Well, slap me around and call me Suzy!" (if you're just colourful that way).

"Wacko the ducks," he recalls saying on more than one occasion, including when he was offered the position of French ambassador.

I have no idea where this phrase originates, as even Google helpfully informs me that "Your search - "wacko the ducks" - did not match any documents."

Wacko the ducks!

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At 6/15/2006 8:28 pm , Blogger Mr Sanguine said...

It might just be me but "Wacko the ducks!" sort of sounds like "What the Fxxx!". Kind of similar in usage if you think about it.

Or you might want to ask this fella about it since he's writing a short story titled "Wacko the Duck".

 
At 6/15/2006 11:10 pm , Blogger limegreenspyda said...

bwahahah!!! "slap me around and call me suzy!" errrm... that's my supervisor's name. sorry. that was just hilarious because she's one of the most poker-faced, straightlaced person i know.

 
At 6/15/2006 11:15 pm , Anonymous nardac said...

I think I've said Wacko Dacko a couple of times in my life.

 
At 6/16/2006 12:43 am , Anonymous piper said...

Heh. I like it.

Wacko the ducks!

 
At 6/17/2006 3:29 am , Blogger tscd said...

I agree with mr sanguine. It sounds like cockney rhyming slang!

 
At 7/12/2011 4:22 pm , Anonymous J_Marshall said...

My family had a good laugh when we saw this post because my sisters and I all thought the phrase was just a normal part of regular language. We hadn't realized it peculiar to our father. We suspect he may have picked it up as a prisoner of war when he was with Australians as we found a loosely related Aussie phrase. The original author got the meaning just right.

 
At 7/12/2011 5:59 pm , Blogger Tym said...

J_Marshall > Fantastic nugget of information, thank you! I just did a Google search and it looks like there still aren't any other etymological sources for this phrase out there.

 

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