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Popular French nicknames were "Deuche" and "Dedeuche".

The Dutch were the first to call it "het lelijke eendje" ("the ugly duckling") or just "Eend" ("duck"), while the Flemish called it "de geit" ("the goat").

In German-speaking countries it is called "Ente" ("duck"), and sometimes "lahme Ente" ("lame duck")—ironically, for its off-road abilities and swinging moves. 

English nicknames include "Tin Snail", "Dolly" and "Upside-down pram".

In the former Yugoslavia the car was called "Spaček" (pronounced "spa-check", Slovenian for "little freak").

In Spanish-speaking countries they were nicknamed "dos caballos" (two horses), "citrola" or "citroneta" (derived from "Citroën").

In Denmark, the car has many names: "Gyngehest" (Rocking horse); "Studenter-Jaguar" (A students Jaguar) while the cars, amongst 2CV enthusiasts affectionately are called ´De kære små´ (The dear small ones).

In Finland, the 2CV is known as "Rättisitikka" (Finnish for "rag Citroën") because of its canvas roof

In Tunisia they call it "karkassa". Hungarians call it "Kacsa" (pronounced: "kacha" and also meaning "duck").

In Israel it was called "פחנוע" (Pronounced "pah-noa", meaning "tin car").

In Iceland it was named "Sítróen braggi" (meaning "Citroën Quonset hut").

In Norway the name was "Jernseng", meaning "iron bed". In Iran it is known as "Jian / Zhian ژیان", which means "Fierce".

In the United States it was known as the "flying rag top". American cartoonist Gilbert Shelton referred to it as the "duh-shuh-vuh".

Outside France, the 2CV's most common nickname today is "The Duck", which seemed to be endorsed by Citroën which released a stuffed toy animal in the 1980s representing a duck with Citroën on its side and 2CV under its right foot.