#29522. Asked by mariah2001. (Mar 11 03 5:56 AM)
'Quack' in this sense is a contraction of the original quacksalver. According to the Oxford English Dictionary and Chambers, this word was borrowed from the Dutch, and probably implies a person who quacks about his salves (i.e. remedies).
Mar 11 03, 6:39 AM
An answer supported by Brewer's Phrase and Fable and definitely not because they treat people's supposed 'mallardies'?
Mar 11 03, 10:25 AM
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