Mission: Accomplished! Sort of…

I realise that there are huge events taking place at the moment, with the leaking of thousands of classified documents from American diplomats.  Against this rather overpowering backdrop, a small victory for a smaller cause can also be reported.

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I was having some problems finding the technical term for a duck specialist.  I had tried “anasist”, “anserafist” and various other permutations of the Latin names for ducks, as well as the families they occupy in the animal kingdom.  I had even tried duckologist in a fit of frustration.  The trusty internet wasn’t yielding any results at all.

I had also asked a good friend of mine who works for the RSPB if she knew the term.  Unfortunately she didn’t, but knew a man who would.  It turns out this colleague didn’t either, but he is a specialist ornithologist, so has more professional credibility in this field than I do.  He has coined the term:


Anseriformes are an order of animals comprising ducks, geese and swans.  Although I would love for there to be a term covering just ducks, these birds are fairly closely related, so it makes sense to have a specialism covering them all.

So there you have it.  My first success in my quest to become a duck expert, or anseriformologist.  There have been revelations about the Americans being pushed to attack Iran, Prince Andrew being rude, and diplomats spying on the UN leadership, but today a new word has been created and will hopefully find its way into the English language.

Anseriformologist – Noun.  The (new) technical term for an expert in ducks, swans and geese.

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