Mam’zelle Daphne G. Canard
The Mam’zelle, a.k.a. Ellen Terris Brenner, welcomes you and reminds you to get your minimum daily dose of laughter.
Current Musings: Why a Duck?
is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
Chico: Why a duck?
Well, first came just plain old “Ducky,” which was my nickname in college (how that came to be my college nickname is a story I might tell later). Then, some years further along, I had need of a handle in cyberspace, and as I had (ahem) at least chronologically matured, I began to use “Miz Ducky.” And from there a Persona began to evolve, taking on, as these things are wont, a life of her own. Not that I didn’t encourage the creation here and there. Of course not.
From these humble beginnings arose the full-fledged (yes, pun intended) entity known as Mam’zelle Daphne G. Canard. Her name derives from many sources:
- “Mam’zelle” is borrowed from the delightful Mam’zelle Hepzibah, from the old Pogo comic strip
- “Daphne” comes from the movie “Some Like It Hot;” it was Jack Lemmon’s “nom de guerre” when he went undercover, so to speak
- “Canard” is, admittedly, a grievous pun; in French it means “duck,” and in English it means “an outlandish or extravagant story”
- And the optional middle initial can stand for any number of things. Including “grievous”
Her personality? Some Mae West, some Miss Piggy, some Bette Midler, a whole bunch of Lily Tomlin … and yes, a whole bunch of me.
The Mam’zelle, for better or worse, does bear at least a passing resemblance to my real everyday personality. Now I can also be a perfectly serious, well-behaved, person when strictly necessary. And I have even been a sad and hurting person, as often as any other homo sapiens and rather moreso than I would have wished. But the Mam’zelle never makes any of those mistakes. Nor does she let me make them, not for very long.
Which is the best reason why a duck I can currently think of.
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