Re: Semantics

P. Myers (mpwr@u.washington.edu)
Tue, 14 Apr 1998 13:21:53 -0700 (PDT)


I can't *tell 'em, but I can fwd. 'em!  PatM (pps)
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BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

David received a parrot for his  birthday.  This parrot was fully grown with
a bad attitude and worse  vocabulary.  Every other word was an expletive.
Those that weren't  expletives were, to say the least, rude.

David tried to change the bird's  attitude and was constantly saying polite
words, playing soft music, anything  he could think of to try and set a good
example.  Nothing worked.   He yelled at the bird and the bird got worse.
He shook the bird and the bird  got more angry and more rude.

Finally in a moment of desperation, David  put the parrot in the freezer.
For a few moments he heard the bird squaking  and kicking and screaming then
suddenly there was quiet.  David was  frightened that he might have actually
hurt the bird and quickly opened the  freezer door.  The parrot calmly
stepped out onto David's extended arm  and said:

I'm sorry that I might have offended you with my language and  actions and
ask for your forgiveness.  I will endeavor to correct my  behavior.

David was astounded at the bird's change in attitude, and was  just about to
ask what had made such a drastic change, when the parrot  continued:  "May I
ask what the chicken did?"