Saturday, May 18, 2013

Do you have all of your ducks in a row?

The other day, we were doing some volunteer work downtown and I was partnered with a man from South Korea.  Joshua had been in Canada approximately four years and taught the English as a Second Language (ESL) coarse to local immigrants.

Someone came into the room and asked about our progress.  "Have you got all your ducks in row?" he asked.

Without even thinking, I replied, "Yep, we are good to go!"

After a few minutes, Joshua asked, "What does this mean, 'ducks in a row'?"

I hadn't really thought about this before, but the question forced me to think of the actually meaning, the origin of the meaning and how strange that it must sound to those unfamiliar with the phrase.

So, we have a Southerner teaching a South Korean how to speak Canadian English. Funny, eh?

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