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  • It probably originated with the "Hoosier poet" James Whitcomb Riley, sometime around 1883-1885, with the quote: "When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck." You can get a brief biography of Riley at Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Whitcomb_Riley And you can access his work at the Gutenberg Project: http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/r#a356

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