Another non-metaphor

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 1 08:06:51 UTC 2014

On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:

> "duck butter" refers to 'smegma'

Thanks, Charlie! I've wondered about that since I heard "duck butter" used
in Marshall, back in '48, where it definitely was *not* the same thing as
cat butter, but it was never clear to me exactly what duck butter was and
I've never heard either term used anywhere else.

I wasn't in the habit of squaring off asking about something that was
apparently common knowledge to everyone else. Besides, I had become "a
stranger in my own hometown," as the blues line goes, by that time, living
in StL and only "summering" back down home in Marshall. Asking a dumb
question would have underlined my outsiderness.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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