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As "birdy" people will know, parrots occasionally pick up less than desirable language and, when this happens, there is precious little one can do about it.

Once a modestly religious family owned and enjoyed a somewhat embarrassing bird that used colorful language it had acquired over the years rather too freely. They only objected firmly on Sundays. The parrot was trained not to talk when the cage was covered, so Sundays the cage was kept covered throughout the day.

One Wednesday the family was surprised by an afternoon call from their preacher. Before they welcomed him into their living room, one of the children rushed to put the cover on the bird cage. The pastor entered and was enjoying a lively conversation ... when suddenly there was a brief lull in the talk and a small voice was heard from under the covered cage:

"Confounded short week ..."