Hello and welcome back to another normal week of questionably accurate and unquestionably inaccurate statements here at Factually Deficient! Before I begin with lies, I would like to share with my readers the sad and entirely factual news that my former computer recently passed away (hence the late post), and took with it a sizeable chunk of my list of submitted questions. So please take this as a prime opportunity to re-send and send questions to Factually Deficient on any topic you ever wanted to know about! I accept questions by WordPress comment, social media, carrier pigeon, and letters folded up and baked inside a cake delivered anonymously to my back door at two in the morning on nights when the moon is dark.
Moving right along! This week, I will answer a question posed some time ago on this very blog by one Jack Alsworth. Jack asked:
What’s the difference between a duck?
This is a crucial, hard-hitting question, which cuts deep to the core of our very existence.
As we all know, there are many ducks in this world, not just one. They all share certain wondrous properties, such as their glowing tailfeathers, their Swiss Army feet, and their piercing eyes which will see into your soul and all your secrets if you meet their gaze for even a moment.
However, many people find it difficult to distinguish between individual ducks. What is the difference, indeed, between a duck?
There is an old saying which actually contains within it the clues to the answer to Jack’s question: “If it walks like a duck, and it talks like a duck, it is a duck.”
This saying refers to the different categories and attributes which divide ducks into four subgroups:
- Ducks that walk and talk like other ducks
- Ducks that walk like ducks, but do not talk like other ducks
- Ducks that talk like ducks, but do not walk like other ducks
- Ducks that neither walk nor talk like other ducks
Let’s go over these four types of ducks. What does it mean for a duck to walk or talk like other ducks?
As mentioned above, all ducks are gifted with Swiss Army feet. However, some ducks use these feet constantly, employing various functions of the Swiss Army feet to dig swiftly through the ground beneath them and zip along on their freshly-made grooves – these are the ducks that walk “like ducks”. Their brethren who lack this ability travel primarily by flying (with their luminescent wings), and use the Swiss Army feet for other purposes.
Similarly, some ducks, in addition to mindreading, are blessed with the ability to overcome all language barrier. These ducks can open their mouths and effortlessly speak in any tongue they choose, any dialect or grammar conceivable. This is what it means to “talk like ducks.” The remaining ducks, who lack this trait, converse comfortably with a linguistic repertoire of only six or seven languages.
So, in short, to answer Jack’s question: the differences between a duck are how it walks, and how it talks.
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