If it doesn't, we'll just change the game. How about: will it hit that rope out there? Why yes, it will! Yay! In the past couple of weeks I must have taken a hundred photos of Luke attempting to skip rocks. I'm not sure he's actually done it yet but he's sure having fun trying.
...usually means to behave irresponsibly or recklessly, to squander one’s wealth, or to heedlessly throw away something of value.
To play ducks and drakes from the sixteenth century on was to play that
immemorial game of throwing a flat stone across water so that it skips
and bounces several times before it sinks. Why it was given that name
is uncertain, apart from the obvious association of both ducks and
drakes with ponds and rivers. I’ve seen it explained as referring to
the way ducks bob their heads in their courtship rituals, or the way
water fowl rise from a pond, or as an allusion to the passing of these
birds over water. The association of ideas is clear enough, even if the
exact analogy is uncertain.
The first example recorded in English is from The nomenclator, or remembrancer of Adrianus Junius
of 1585, by John Higgins: “A kind of sport or play with an oister shell
or stone throwne into the water, and making circles yer it sinke, etc.
It is called a ducke and a drake, and a halfe-penie cake.” (That last
part may remind some readers of the old Mother Goose children’s rhyme:
A duck and a drake,
And a halfpenny cake,
With a penny to pay the old baker.
A hop and a scotch
Is another notch,
Slitherum, slatherum, take her.)
By about 1600, the game had become associated in people’s minds with
idle play, in which some object is thrown carelessly away. Out of that
came the idea of squandering things.