Quick, finish that sentence.
Then you, too, can be part of the great “Duck, Duck, Goose” vs. “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck” debate that is raging in the newsroom and beyond this morning.
Heather Mangan started it. She’s a Peace Corps volunteer currently stationed in Lesotho who mentioned on Twitter this morning she had taught her teenage students “Duck, Duck, Goose” and for that she deserved an award.
I countered that acclaim was due only if she had taught them “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck.” Heather responded, “that’s right, you’re from Minnesota,” and the battle was on.
Several others took part, both on Twitter and in person.
Apparently, the word is that “Gray Duck” people come from our neighbors to the east and no where else. We had another “Gray Duck” supporter (from Huron), but everyone else (South Dakota, Ohio and Illinois) as said “Goose.”
I did live in Minnesota for nine months — those crucial, formative, first-grade years — and I honestly don’t know which way we played it. Probably both, because we were raised to be tolerant of others’ foibles, even when they’re wrong wrong wrong.
So, what say you? “Duck, Duck, Goose”? Or “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck”?