Mighty Red Pen

March 2, 2007

Duck versus duct

Filed under: Word wars — mighty red pen @ 1:05 pm

It’s a burning question: Is it ‘duct’ or ‘duck’ tape, and does it work on warts?

Reader, it’s both.

For as long as MRP has known BGF Gopher, Gopher has extolled the virtues of duct tape (while never mentioning the whole “duct tape can be used to cure warts” thing). She says she never travels anywhere without it.

Consequently, MRP lugged a roll of “Duck” duct tape all around Indonesia and Sri Lanka for nearly two weeks before faced with the reality that some things in the suitcase would have to be jettisoned to make more room.

Having decided to leave the duct tape behind, I valiantly attempted to close my crammed suitcase. It ripped.


I would say that it’s the duct tape that helped me duck certain disaster and enabled me to get that darned suitcase to the Colombo airport (where they secured it with something even better: large swaths of plastic wrap).



  1. Ducks also make great decorative items. 😛

    Comment by The Mole — March 7, 2007 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  2. I believe that “Duck tape” is a brand of duct tape.

    Comment by David — March 8, 2007 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  3. Yes, David. It is.

    MRP is inclined to cut you some slack since you are immediately checking the blog upon returning from your, ahem, vacation, but if you follow the link as MRP intended, there’s a whole article about this on the other side of the rainbow.

    Comment by mightyredpen — March 8, 2007 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

  4. I am appreciative of the slack cutting.

    I don’t travel well.

    Comment by David — March 16, 2007 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

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