Quack – Noisy duck doctors

Quack – As slang for poor medical practitioners or those claiming to be medical practitioners who are not.

The term comes from an old Dutch word ‘quacksalver’ meaning ‘someone who boasts by virtue of his salves’ (salves being ointments for the skin). The ‘Quack’ part is a reference to the same quack we use today for the sound a duck makes, which used to be synonymous with the word croak – the idea being that the quack is making a lot of noise but not really saying anything of substance.

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