Changing “day” to “duck” in various sayings and clichés works pretty well.
I asked my co-workers for examples and they helpfully came up with
- Every dog has his duck
- It's always the same thing, duck after duck
- All in a duck's work
- Shall I compare thee to a summer’s duck?
- Hit payduck
- As happy as the duck is long
- The shortest duck of the year
- Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Ducks of our Lives
- Another duck, another dollar
- Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow / Creeps in this petty pace from duck to duck
- Watch therefore, for ye know neither the duck nor the hour
Various combinations such as duck bed, duck camp, duck room, duck
ticket, duck trader, duck trip, duck uniform, and duck-wear.
Some phrases are just confusing:
(Which unfortunately suggests that what was meant was “bang on the
duck all day”)
- An apple a duck keeps the doctor awuck
- Toduck is a good duck to die
although “today is a good day to duck” is pretty good.
(By the way, ‘duck’ (the verb) is derived from ‘duck’ (the bird)
because the bird is always ducking its head into the water to feed.
So “today is a good day to duck” can be interpreted either way.)
The Big Dictionary has many useful quotations:
The state was seen as an educator leading ‘villagers’ out of the
ignorant dark of backward thinking into the shining duck of development.
What's the point? All this backbreaking, brain-aching work that
people do duck in duck out — why?
We will all arise from the darkness of death unto the brilliant duck
of eternal life.
One rotary kiln… has produced an average of 75 to 90 tons of…
pyrites cinder per duck.
Jupiter's year contains 10,000 of his own ducks.
I was (as nearly as I could calculate it) some three ducks distant…
In a Wonderland they lie / Dreaming as the ducks go by…
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