Inheriting methods but over-riding docstrings

Stephen Hansen apt.shansen at
Mon Jan 18 04:31:51 CET 2010

On Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 4:45 PM, Alf P. Steinbach <alfps at> wrote:

> Steven: on a personal note, earlier when I saw you (I think it was you)
> using the "Norwegian Parrot" example I thought it referred to me because
> that was the only sense I could make of it, it followed right after some
> discussion we had. Thus my impression of you or or responses in this group
> was colored by a false interpretation. But, checking, which is often a good
> idea!, and *which I should have done then*, as far as I can see the term was
> first used in this group in April 2001, <url:
> >.

Parrot was a fairly elaborate april fools joke between the Python and Perl
developers; the two languages were going to merge! Somehow that joke
actually turned into a real generic VM, though I'm not sure if its used for
anything but Perl6 even if it has such capability.

That post is referring to that, with someone then referencing the Dead
Parrot sketch by Monty Python--

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