Oh my god… okay so, my husband was trying to teach Bongo to say “Hodor” (Game of Thrones giant who says nothing but his own name) repeatedly and urgently, except Bongo didn’t care because there was no context for it.
Lately, though, Bongo has been obsessed with sitting on the open bedroom and bathroom doors. He likes to be up high and rattle his beak against it. The problem is, once he’s up there for a while he gets bored and tries to chew paint off the door, which can be deadly to birds. In the wild, African greys lick clay and stuff so I think it’s part of that impulse.
So when Bongo would do that, I would run and get him down and say, very firmly, “No door.” And he would whine and pace agitatedly for me to put him back, but I would just repeat, “No door.”
The night before last, Bongo REALLY wanted to go to the bedroom door, but I had closed it to keep him off it. He was freaking out about it, and suddenly started saying, “Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!” all urgently like my husband had said it. Bongo just doesn’t enunciate the “d” so it sounded like “ho'or! ho'or!” I just cracked up, thinking he had just suddenly decided he was going to practice saying it afterall. I didn’t make any connection.
I didn’t realize until today, when he had an hours-long freakout about wanting to go on the door, that he thinks “Hodor” = “no door” = [thing he likes to perch on]: this morning he hadn’t said “Hodor” at all, and then suddenly started again when he was frustrated I wouldn’t let him go on the door. He doesn’t realize I’m telling him he can’t go on the door, he thinks the word for a door is “nodoor” and “Hodor” sounds close enough.