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Sorry Duck!!!

Okay, so I guess most of you are wondering where I’m going with this post title!  Is he really going to post about a dishevelled looking duck?

Well no, I’m not, if you’ve ever had the misfortune to spend a small amount of time in my tiny corner of Nottinghamshire, you may be familiar with the term.

For some reason native Nottinghamshire folk, use the word DUCK as a term of endearment, not just a male to female thing, but even men call other men duck.  I know this may seem strange, but I grew up with it, I must add I never use it to another man, but I have used the term Duck to women.

It’s quite common to receive your change in a shop and either hear from the shop assistant or to actually say “Ta Duck”.  Just our local saying, I guess equivalent to thanks love or thanks dear!

I did actually use the phrase “Ta Duck” to an old woman on a bus in Sydney, Australia, she looked at me as if I was an escaped lunatic.  My England Team mates, who were all from London, thought it was highly hilarious!

The younger generation around here don’t really use it these days, but the older generation, the native Nottinghamshire folk still use it.

A couple of weeks ago I took my daughter to the shop one evening, she’s only seven (although she turns eight on Sunday), as we walked back and came up to the corner of our street, a young lad ran around the corner and startled my daughter!  He immediately apologized by saying “Sorry Duck!”

We carried on and crossed the road.  As we walked my daughter turned to me with her serious thinking face and stated “Dad, he just called me a duck, I’m not a duck I’m a GIRL!”

Well I couldn’t help but laugh, she had never heard the phrase before, she was deadly serious, I tried explaining it, but she wasn’t having it, she categorically stated she wasn’t a duck, but a girl!

When she got home, she went straight to her mum and as young kids do, told her the story at one hundred miles an hour without pausing for breath, I knew what she meant, yet I couldn’t keep up with her story.  Victoria tried to explain, but there really was no point, she wouldn’t have it!

“I’M NOT A DUCK, I’M A GIRL!”

So if you ever manage to make it to Nottinghamshire, please do not be offended if someone calls you “Duck”, we mean no offence, it’s just the way some of us speak.

I guess Hollywood left that out of all those Robin Hood films, I can’t recall Kevin Costner calling Morgan Freeman duck at any point in Prince of Thieves, it just goes to prove that you can’t believe everything Hollywood tells you.

In honour of my daughter, I’ve selected God’s Great Dance Floor, the last time I played this at home, she promptly broke out into the “Carlton Dance” (you know the one from Fresh Prince of Bel Air), wished I’d videoed that one!

GOD’S GREAT DANCE FLOOR by CHRIS TOMLIN
I’m coming back to the start
Where You found me
I’m coming back to Your heart
Now I surrender

Take me
This is all I can bring

I’m coming back to the start
Our God is freedom
And here we feel Your heart
Your heartbeat for us

Take me
This is all I can bring

You’ll never stop loving us
No matter how far we run
You’ll never give up on us
All of heaven shouts
Let the future begin

Let the future begin

Take me
This is all I can bring

You’ll never stop loving us
No matter how far we run
You’ll never give up on us
All of heaven shouts
Let the future begin

I feel alive
I come alive
I am alive
On God’s great dance floor

I feel alive
I come alive
I am alive
On God’s great dance floor

I feel alive
I come alive
I am alive
On God’s great dance floor

I feel alive
I come alive
I am alive
On God’s great dance floor

I feel alive
I come alive
I am alive
On God’s great dance floor