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Taiwan man sues neighbors over rude bird
八哥鳥出口成髒 台灣男子狀告鄰居

This photo is the mynah which said “Clueless big-mouthed idiot” in Hoklo causing a neighbor to sue its owners.

Photo: tsai tsung-hsun, LIBERTY TIMES 照片:自由時報記者蔡宗勳

The offensive squawks of a pet bird so enraged a Taiwanese man surnamed Wang that he sued its owners — his neighbors — for inflicting emotional stress and injuries, a report said on Jan. 11.

Wang, an electrician in central Taiwan, accused five neighbors of teaching their mynah, a parrot-like bird, to curse at him as revenge after he complained to the police that they were too loud, the Liberty Times, the Taipei Times sister newspaper, reported.

Wang alleged that whenever he left home, the bird would see him off with the words “Clueless big-mouthed idiot” in Hoklo causing serious distress and ma-king him lose concentration at work so he suffered burn injuries, the report said.

He pressed charges, but the neighbors denied instructing the bird to curse and prosecutors decided to drop the charges due to insufficient evidence linking the bird to his injuries, it added.








1. curse v.

咒罵 (zhou4 ma4)

例: The reporter was fired for cursing at the person he was interviewing.


2. lose concentration v. phr.

分心 (fen1 xin1)

例: I lose concentration and can’t work because my neighbors are renovating their apartment.


3. press charges v. phr.

提告 (ti2 gao4)

例: I will press charges if you don’t stop harassing me.


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