I wanted to do “hootamaganzy” because it’s such a fun word but unfortunately the meaning is too narrow as it’s a hooded merganser, a type of duck.  Still who wouldn’t love a word that started with hoot!  Hootenanny would have been fun too. But in the interest of not having 20 essays on a hooded merganser, I went with the more generic “duck” as it has lots of meanings.  I hope you enjoy this one!

Ragtag Daily Prompt of the day : Duck
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Create a new post inspired by today’s prompt.Feel free to be inspired to write fiction, nonfiction or create photos, art.

For those who like to rhyme, some possibilities at Rhyming Dictionary. And no, you don’t have to rhyme.  I do haiku so I’m not rhyming.


    1. lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen.  “spectators ducked for cover”
      • depart quickly.”I thought I saw you duck out”
      • avoid (a blow) by moving down quickly. “he ducked a punch from an angry first baseman”
      • (informal) evade or avoid (an unwelcome duty or undertaking). “a responsibility that a less courageous man might well have ducked”
    • 2. plunge one’s head or body underwater briefly.  “I had to keep ducking down to get my head cool”
      3. (in Bridge) refrain from playing a winning card on a particular trick for tactical reasons.


1. a quick lowering of the head.

2. a waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait.

3. a pure white thin-shelled bivalve mollusk found off the Atlantic coasts of America.

4. an amphibious transport vehicle.

5. a strong linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for casual or work clothes and sails.

6. dear; darling (used as an informal or affectionate form of address, especially among cockneys).

7. a batsman’s score of zero.

Please tag it “RDP” and “Ragtag Daily Prompt”. Also create a pingback to duck (copying and pasting this link should work). If the pingback doesn’t work, copy your link in the comments below. Do give pingbacks a little time.  Occasionally random pingbacks end up in the spam folder — don’t worry, we all check it regularly and will fish folks out and approve them.

Photo: Hooded Mergenser, United States National Park Service



    1. I put the photo as a featured image so it shows on the main page. You’re right though that on this theme, the featured image doesn’t show the photo so I’ll add it into the post. Thanks for bringing it up.

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      1. The time may vary because the Prompters live in different time zones. This one came out a little early. From my quick calculation, it should come out around 5am your time, but as I said this one came out earlier so it has already been posted for the day. 🙂

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      2. Not sure what you’re talking about as I posted on Arizona time because I live in Tucson. It was posted sometime between 1am and 3am Arizona time on Saturday July 21 because I handpost them before I go to bed. If I don’t handpost them in the early AM hours to ensure it goes out, I wake up to lot of emails of people worrying about when will it go out. This is a Saturday post so by 3am Saturday it was posted. I don’t post on Friday because I don’t want to infringe on Curious Steph’s gold post.So if you checked at 7pm Arizona time Saturday, this post was posted. The Sunday post should not post for a few more hours.

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      3. If you are enjoying this, and want more prompts, feel free to backdate and revisit the earlier prompts. 😉 If you tag RDP and Ragtag Daily Prompt, it will still appear in the order of the date you posted when people filter by these two tags in their WP Reader.
        Happy weekend!!

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