Court rules it OK to call Poland's top political twins the "ducks"

Other News Materials 3 November 2008 22:15 (UTC +04:00)

Poland's identical twin president and opposition leader can be legally referred to as the "Ducks" after a court ruled Monday that the play on the Kaczynski brothers' last name was not slanderous, the Associated Press reported.

The court ruled on a complaint against writer Jerzy Pilch who repeatedly referred to brothers Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynskis as "Kaczory" or the "Ducks," when writing a column for the Dziennik daily ewspaper.

The name Kaczynski derives from "kaczka," the word for "duck." The word doesn't carry negative connotations in Polish.

An unidentified citizen and the president's office filed the complaint saying that the moniker was landerous. But Judge Alina Rychlinska ruled that comparing people to animals does not always mean an insult.