Psittacosis

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip - Will Rogers

Psittacosis

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If you're feeling poorly, borrow a page from the avian kingdom and say you're "sick as a parrot."

Why a parrot? Remarkably, this curious comparison predates the Monty Python "dead parrot" sketch. Several lively theories, none of them provable, explain its origin: One is that parrot smugglers from South America used to sedate birds to sneak them quietly across the border to U.S. buyers. When the birds awoke from their drugged sleep, groggy and stumbling, their new owners thought they looked hungover and coined the whimsical comparison.

Another theory suggests that "parrot" is a corruption of the French word "Pierrot" (i.e., a pasty-faced clown). Still others point to psittacosis…

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