Milkshake Duck

What Does Milkshake Duck Mean?

Milkshake Duck means "Famous To Infamous."

Milkshake Duck is a slang term that refers to subjects that achieve online fame and are widely perceived as positive, but are quickly revealed as deeply flawed, thereby quickly passing from being famous to being infamous.

Milkshake Duck was started as a humorous meme on Twitter in June 2016, when Australian cartoonist Ben Ward, using the handle "pixelatedboat," posted a tweet about the internet's love for the Milkshake Duck, followed by the revelation that the duck is racist. The term Milkshake Duck was quickly applied to anyone who gains sudden fame and public adoration, only to soon afterwards be reviled for distasteful or offensive opinions that they may hold or may have expressed in the past, or for something that they have done (no matter how long ago).

The Milkshake Duck meme was widely used online throughout 2016 and 2017. It gained much wider public exposure on 8 December 2017, when a Tennessee boy named Keaton Jones appeared in a video, visibly distraught over bullying. His mother, Kimberly, who made the film, posted the video on Facebook and it immediately went viral, gaining huge sympathy and public support for the family. However, within a few days the story became a controversy, when allegations that the family are racists began to circulate.

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meaning of Milkshake Duck

Milkshake Duck quickly passed from being famous to being infamous.

Summary of Key Points

"Famous To Infamous" is the most common definition for Milkshake Duck on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Milkshake Duck
Definition:Famous To Infamous
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of Milkshake Duck in Sentences

An Academic Look at Milkshake Duck

MILKSHAKE DUCK is a slang phrase. Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users.

MILKSHAKE DUCK can be used as both a noun and an adjective. For example:
  • Yesterday he was the toast of Facebook, today he is a MILKSHAKE DUCK.
  • (Here, MILKSHAKE DUCK is being used as a noun.)
  • Wow! He has set a new record for MILKSHAKE DUCKING!
  • (Here, MILKSHAKE DUCK is being used as a verb.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just talked about "Famous To Infamous" or "The Rise And Fall," instead of using MILKSHAKE DUCK.

Example of Milkshake Duck Used in a Text

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