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Aug 30/13

Duck Tape or Duct Tape? We’re All Correct Posted by: Dan | 0 Comments

Southerners are not always known for proper pronunciation of words. In fact, the when we say things like “fixin’ to” and “holler” and “tarnation” it’s a point of pride for most of us.

And we’ll admit that’s sort of endearing, but Southerners are also known for messing up words like “expresso” and saying “Oh, I have a great ideer,” or even worse, “A great ideal.”

So, it’s no wonder we might be confused about the correct pronunciation of things as ubiquitous and handy as duct tape. Or is it “duck tape”? We can’t be sure. We grew up hearing it one way, and it’s gray like the duct-work under the house, but there’s a photo of a duck on the package. If you take a sec to read the package, it says “duck tape.”

Which one is correct? Well, as it turns out, they both are. This article on Mental Floss tells the story of duck/duct tape.

 The durable cloth-backed tape first appeared during World War II, when Johnson & Johnson developed an olive drab version as a handy way for American soldiers to waterproof their ammo cans. According to the company, soldiers dubbed the product “duck tape” because it forced moisture to flee “like water off a duck’s back.”

See the full story here, and as it suggests, maybe it’s time to draft a few apologies to your friends if you’ve been correcting them for saying “duck tape.”

Photo courtesy of Girly Obsessions



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