*Thanks for the title Richard – as always you found the perfect words!
The word for June 8th is:
Duck /dək/: [1. noun 2. verb]
1.1 A waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait.Old English duce from the Germanic base duck – expressing the notion of “diving bird”.
1.2 A pure white thin-shelled bivalve mollusk found off the Atlantic coasts of America.
1.3 An amphibious transport vehicle.
1.4 A quick lowering of the head.
Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duiken and German tauchen ‘dive, dip, plunge’.
1.5 A strong linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for casual or work clothes and sails.
Mid 17th century: from Middle Dutch doek ‘linen, linen cloth’; related to German Tuch ‘cloth’.
2.1 Lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen.
2.2 Plunge one’s head or body underwater briefly.
Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duiken and German tauchen ‘dive, dip, plunge’, also to duck.
Four letters with seven different commonly used possibilities and at least four others according to the OED!