M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
> 
> Speaking of duck typing, the first time I heard the phrase "walks like a 
> duck, quacks like a duck ..." was way back when the leader of the 
> Republican party in the Senate was a man named Everett Dirksen. At one 
> point there was a debate about whether something was or was not a tax, 
> and my recollection is that Dirksen used the duck phrase to claim that 
> it was, in fact, a tax.
> 

The first time I heard the phrase was in 1980 or '81 when my friend
Jamie used it to me. I *think* that was long after Dirksen's time,
but I'm not much on history.


Hal