fuck a duck
[ fuhk uh duhk ]
What does fuck a duck mean?
Exclaiming fuck a duck conveys surprise, frustration, anger, or other such heightened emotions. Telling someone to go fuck a duck is a more colorful way of telling them to go screw themselves.
Where does fuck a duck come from?
In the late 1700s, a duck-fucker was, apparently, an actual job. This person was in charge of taking care of poultry on warships, and the term likely originated as a bit of teasing among shipmates.
Fuck a duck is first attributed to Henry Miller’s salacious classic Tropic of Cancer. Miller used fuck a duck with a mix of frustration and admiration, along the lines of a bemused “Well, goddamn!” The expression likely originated as a funny and fun-to-say rhyme.
In the 1970s, our feathery friend duck-fucker came back, this time as a slang equivalent to asshole.
Fuck a duck jumped from literature to the schoolyard and internet with “The Zoo Song,” a comedy song about bestiality sung to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” The song begins “Fuck, fuck, fuck a duck, screw a kangaroo” and goes on to rhyme various slang terms for sex acts with the names of other animals.
Scottish comedian Brian Limond helped fuck a duck spread by using the phrase several times on his 2010–13 comedy show, The Limmy Show.
Fuck a duck garnered mainstream attention in 2011 when Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler made “Shit fire and save matches, fuck a duck and see what hatches” his catchphrase during his stint as a judge on American Idol. To the best of our ability, we translate this Tyler-ese as: “Well, that was interesting. Let’s see what comes of it.”
Examples of fuck a duck
Who uses fuck a duck?
Fuck a duck is used as an expression of surprise or frustration. You might shout fuck a duck if you stub your toe. Oh, fuck a duck!
A tweet of mine has a not insignificant number of retweets and it has a typo in it, fuck a duck
— 🦠 𝚀𝚞𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚎 ᴋᴀʀɪɴᴀ™ 🦠 (@lpsc00l) August 28, 2020
If you’re looking for a more creative way to tell off the duck-fuckers in your life, yelling Go fuck a duck! can be used for Up yours! or Go to hell!
Idc what anyone says the most iconic line ever said on tv was on American idol when Steven Tyler said “well fuck a duck and see what hatches”
— Sav🏳️🌈 (@savannalynn1998) November 1, 2019
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