Lord Love A Duck - What Does That Mean Exactly?

Real Estate Agent with Florida Luxury Realty

Craig took this cute picture at Citrus Park Mall and when I looked at it, it reminded me of an expression my Mom used to use when we lived in England (usually when she was surprised or dismayed).  So I went agoogling and tried to find out what it means.

Duck toys

Seems like no-one really knows. It’s an old English expression that  has shown up in the works of T.S. Eliot and P.G. Wodehouse and according to the OED, James Joyce’s Ulysses but that doesn’t explain it.

It seems to have come from Cockney verbiage. As everyone knows, rhyming was used as a way to hide expletives within their colorful language. Michael Quinion of World Wide Words found it in a book from 1907 by Louis Tracy. The Urban Dictionary defines it “as an expression used when nothing else will fit.” Vague, very vague in my opinion.

Lord Love A Duck was also a black comedy from 1966 starring Roddy McDowell and Tuesday Weld (whatver happened to her): a satire of the ‘60’s culture. (If you watch the trailer, turn your sound down first) I never heard of it before so it must not have been a big hit.


Anyway, I couldn't find an explanation just seven Lords a'leaping which is another thing I haven't figured out yet so let's not go there.

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Lord Love A Duck - What Does That Mean Exactly?

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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

The mystery remains Toni.  Some things just are not meant to be unraveled.  HA.  Cute photo..it quacked me up.

Dec 24, 2012 05:15 AM #1
Fred Hernden
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Home Inspector

I have never seen that movie, or even heard the expression before, but I sure had a huge crush on Tuesday Weld back in the day...lol, I'm sure I was not the only one!

Merry Christmas to you and Craig!!

Dec 24, 2012 05:24 AM #2
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Good morning Toni,

I always love a good mystery and I think this one will remain forever a mystery!! Like Anita says..some things are just not meant to be unraveled!! Have a great Christmas Eve day!

Dec 24, 2012 05:27 AM #3
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Anita - glad it made  you smile!

Fred - I googled her after I was done with this: she's still with us (phew). Merry Christmas to you and yours and that new grandbaby.  See you next year.

Dorie - maybe sometimes that's a good thing :) Merry Christmas Eve to you.

Dec 24, 2012 05:29 AM #4
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
Small Office, Big Service

Never heard that expression...until today. Lord Love a Duck! Not sure if I can say it in public or not! Of course I would likely say it after a big meal of duck!

Dec 24, 2012 05:40 AM #5
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Toni, interesting story, I've never heard it it neither but sounds "ducky"! Merry Christmas to you and Craig!
Dec 24, 2012 05:52 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Centennial, CO

Good Morning Toni,  Now you have me wondering about that expression.  You have a Very Merry Christmas and thanks for all your great blogs here in the rain.  I look for you every day.

Dec 24, 2012 06:41 AM #7
Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent

I never heard of that, but good for you for trying to find the true meaning....Merry Christmas...I didn't know you lived in England?

Dec 24, 2012 07:01 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730 - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Toni, Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dec 24, 2012 07:11 AM #9
Frank Laisch
Stewart Insurance & Risk managment- Stewart Title Company - Tampa, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

very cute Ducks Toni, I learned a new expression today. I never seen this movie before, I've seen a few of Roddy's movies. Have a great Holidays!!

Dec 24, 2012 07:12 AM #10
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Lord Love A Duck sounds like something that would come from my brides mouth... LOL. Now the myster continues.....

Dec 24, 2012 07:35 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
ra@napaconsultants.com - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Marketing


I have heard that expression before, because both my parents studied the King's English in Europe, as did I for the first year before we came to America.  Thanks for the research, you should make up your own history.  A

Have a wonderful Christmas or Happy Holidays for the more politically correct! LOL.  A

Dec 24, 2012 07:55 AM #12
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

Makes me think of "when pigs fly" recently brought current due to Geico ads.  Pretty funny.  Now I DO want to know why we might love a duck.  Merry Christmas Toni!

Dec 24, 2012 08:07 AM #13
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Toni ...first time for me also ...I agree with Cara ...I've always heard "when pigs fly"

Have a great day!

Dec 24, 2012 11:11 AM #14
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Gary - I never liked duck as a meal; first you have to get over the whole Daffy thing, then the meat's a little greasy.

Silvia - it is "ducky" and I'm still not sure what that all means either :)

Will - thank you I enjoy your blogs too.

Kristin - I was born in England, lived there till I was 10 when my Mom dragged me to her home on Long Island.

Debbie - you too!

Frank - I don't think that one was very popular. Happy Holidays and Merry Everything!

John - I am making no comment here. :)

Alexandra - If I researched everything I get interested in, I would never get any work done :)

Cara - that was also one of my mom's favorites, especially when I asked for something that I was never going to get :)

Rob - I think it was popular back in the day; my parents used it all the time on me.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone.

Dec 24, 2012 11:53 AM #15
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Toni, Craig took a photo of the famous Dear Ducks. They are the only Ducks that the Lord created with Antlers but he realized that the antlers were to heavy and they were always drowning. SO maybe that where the expression comes from, Lord Love A Duck. He re-created the ducks without the Antlers this time proving that he did indeed loves ducks. Well, it is plausible, on second thought, maybe not. :-)


Here is wishing you and family a most Special and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with wonderful photos and great business too!

Dec 24, 2012 12:29 PM #16
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Wishing you and your entire family an absolutely wonderful Christmas Holiday! Blessings to you and yours!

Dec 24, 2012 12:30 PM #17
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

William - I love that explanation and will remember it. Very funny. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Barbara-Jo - Merry Christmas, see you in 2013.  Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.

Dec 24, 2012 12:42 PM #18
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm smiling at William's Comment #18.  William, those antlers are a testiment that evolution does exist.  Evolution is simply God's way of building a better mousetrap:-)  Merry Christmas Toni.  I hope you are enjoying the holidays!

Dec 24, 2012 04:17 PM #19
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Mryl- William's comments quacked me up too. Very creative of him. Merry Christmas to you, Myrl.

Dec 24, 2012 04:52 PM #20
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