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    Hi,

    On time.com it's written something like: "... Belgium has always been a bit of an odd duck."

    I know what "odd" means and I know what "duck" means. But what does "odd duck" mean?

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    does it mean "strange person"? as many english idom always compare human to the animal.what context was this idom in?

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    To me, it just means that the writer thinks Belgium is a strange country. Is the article talking about the composition of the country?

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    May be more context would help teachers..

    Comprised of French and Flemish speakers who share little common culture, Belgium has always been a bit of an odd duck. Its viability as a nation has been regularly questioned since its founding in 1830, but perhaps never as much as in the last three months. Since national elections in June, the country's politicians have proved unable to form a national government, causing more and more Belgians to wonder whether the country can or should stay united.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    To me, it just means that the writer thinks Belgium is a strange country. Is the article talking about the composition of the country?
    Yes. on Time's site from yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xianshiyao View Post
    does it mean "strange person"? as many english idom always compare human to the animal.what context was this idom in?
    On Time's site from yesterday.

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    Default Re: odd duck??

    In this case, Belgium is an "odd duck" because it doesn't quite fit in with the rest of its European neighbors. In France, the people speak French and have a distinct history/culture. Same with Germany. But Belgium is more of a "mixed bag" (with large populations of French, Flemish and German speakers).

    As for the idiom "an odd duck" - picture a mother duck leading her babies in a line. All of the ducklings are yellow and fuzzy, except for one who has brown fuzz. He is the "odd duck." Doesn't quite fit in with those around him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In this case, Belgium is an "odd duck" because it doesn't quite fit in with the rest of its European neighbors. In France, the people speak French and have a distinct history/culture. Same with Germany. But Belgium is more of a "mixed bag" (with large populations of French, Flemish and German speakers).

    As for the idiom "an odd duck" - picture a mother duck leading her babies in a line. All of the ducklings are yellow and fuzzy, except for one who has brown fuzz. He is the "odd duck." Doesn't quite fit in with those around him.
    I liked the example of the brown fuzz. Thank you.

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