Campbell Drake

In my packet of Beautiful Farmyard images recently, one of a Campbell drake, a male Campbell duck. Another image, with the duck perched on one leg and with its head folded back:

According to Beautiful Farmyard,

Active ducks, Campbells prefer foraging to brooding.

Note the ambiguity of the verb brood here.

On the breed, from Wikipedia:

A Khaki Campbell (or just Campbell) is a breed of domesticated duck that originated in England and is kept for its high level of egg production. The breed was developed by Adele Campbell of England at the end of the 19th century. The “Khaki” portion of the name refers to the duck’s typical color.

… Campbells can come in three color varieties: khaki, dark and white.

… The Khaki Campbell drake is mostly khaki colored with a darker head usually olive green lacking the white ring of its Mallard ancestors.

The drake above is a Khaki Campbell.

That brings me to the proper names Campbell Drake and Drake Campbell, both notably U names for men (or, possibly, for women). The expressions Campbell drake and drake Campbell are both N + N compounds, with very similar meanings: ‘a drake of the Campbell breed’, ‘a Campbell duck that’s male’. (I’m not sure what would motivate choosing one over the other in any particular context, but no doubt this would be worth studying.) As proper names, they have a family name as a personal (first) name and another family name (Anglo or Scots) as surname, which makes them cultural class signals. (Of course, there are special cases, and things change over time and differ in different places.)

 

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