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Polly the Parrot

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Polly the Parrot
Born1886
United Kingdom
Died30 October 1926(1926-10-30) (aged 39–40)
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street, London
Years active–1926
Known forResident of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Polly the Parrot (1886-30 October, 1926) was an African Grey Parrot who was a resident of the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub. He was known for his profane remarks.

Life[edit | edit source]

Polly was a resident of the Ye Old Cheshire Cheese pub for 40 years. He became famous for his interactions with the customers of the pub, as well as his profanity.[1][2] The parrot's vocabulary is said to have included swear words, ""Rats", "Scotch", "Puss", and "Hurry up with the pudding"" and an imitation of the noise of a cork being removed from a champagne bottle, followed by the "glug glug" of the bottle being poured.[1]

Polly died on 30 October, 1926.[3] Over 200 newspapers published his obituary.[4] His taxidermied body is currently on display in the pub.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jones, Richard. "THE CHESHIRE CHEESE'S FOUL BEAKED PARROT: POLLY, FLEET STREET'S EXPERT IN PROFANITY". London Walking Tours.
  2. Londonist. "Ye Old Cheshire Cheese". Londonist ltd.
  3. Gedge, Matt. "The Rude Parrot of Fleet Street". Fun London Tours. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  4. McNally, Frank. "Old world gloom – An Irishman's Diary about Samuel Johnson and a famous London pub". The Irish Times.
  5. Londonist. "Odd Dead Animals Where You Don't Expect to Find Them". Londonist ltd.


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