National Duck Day

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Welcome back, national day enthusiasts! Today, we're diving feet first into a truly feathery feature. Dust off your duck calls and break out the bread crumbs; it's all about National Duck Day. With a surprisingly dedicated duck-loving community on the internet (and at the park), this day is one to watch out for. And we mean literally, eyes to the sky!

When is Duck Day?

It's national duck day on the 19th January.

A Brief History

No one would blame you if the idea of National Duck Day hadn't quite hit your radar before - it's no National Pizza Day. But in a world where the word 'quack' doesn't only apply to a dubious doctor, this day has made its own ripples. Detected first online with 53 mentions back in 2017, our feathered friends have enjoyed a growing fan base of dedicated duck-enthusiasts since.

Why Ducks?

On the surface, ducks may seem like an odd choice for a national day. However, ducks play a crucial role in our ecosystems. Known for their charming waddle and cute offspring, they are also fantastic bug and mosquito control. Ducks, in their own way, are unsung heroes of our wetlands. They are also the catalyst for countless children's books and lovable cartoon characters. Their national day is their feather-filled celebration, their time to shine, and a day to appreciate their contribution to our lives.

Quacktivities for the day

How does one celebrate National Duck Day? Well, it's simpler than you may think! A good old-fashioned visit to a nearby pond or lake to watch these beautiful creatures can be an excellent adventure. Some folks even try their hand at baking duck-shaped cookies or making duck-related crafts. The more artistically inclined might sketch a duck or two to commemorate their day. The possibilities are endless. If anything, National Duck Day encourages us to appreciate the magic of simple pleasures.

Leaving the Pond

Whether National Duck Day makes you smile or simply scratch your head in wonder, there's no denying it's a unique day on the calendar. So next time you hear a 'quack' in the distance, here's a reminder to tip your hat to our wetland warriors who are simply doing their best every day. Happy National Duck Day!

History behind the term 'Duck'


The Origin of the Term

The term 'duck' has its origins in the Middle English word 'duke,' which referred to a waterfowl bird. The word 'duck' emerged from the Germanic dialects and evolved over time to become the commonly used term for this particular avian species.


Duck as a Verb

In the late 16th century, the term 'duck' also began to be used as a verb. The verb form of 'duck' was adopted to describe the way a duck lowers its body suddenly and briefly, such as when it submerges itself in water or evades an obstacle.


Duck: A Term for Avoidance

By the early 20th century, 'duck' gained a figurative meaning. It started being used to describe the act of avoiding or evading something or someone, similar to how a duck quickly moves out of the way. This usage of 'duck' became common in various contexts, including sports and everyday language.


Duck and Cover

During World War II, the term 'duck' became intertwined with the idea of taking cover or seeking shelter. The phrase 'duck and cover' was popularized as a safety practice during air raids or bomb threats, instructing people to quickly find shelter and protect themselves from potential harm.


Rubber Duck

In the 1970s, the term 'rubber duck' gained significance in the realm of transportation. It referred to a small, inflatable decoy typically used in trucking to satisfy regulations requiring a visible cargo load when a truck is otherwise empty. The rubber duck became a symbol associated with the trucking community.


Rubber Duck Debugging

The term 'rubber duck' took on a new meaning in the realm of software development. In 2011, the concept of 'rubber duck debugging' was introduced, where programmers would explain their code to an inanimate object, like a rubber duck, to help them identify and solve issues. This technique proved to be a valuable tool in the debugging process.

Did you know?

Did you know that contrary to popular belief, ducks' quacks indeed do echo? However, the echo is often too quiet to be heard by human ears.


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First identified

19th January 2017

Most mentioned on

19th January 2017

Total mentions


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