"Release me," the frog said, "and I will grant you a wish."
"Oh!" the boy said, "I wish to understand all animals!"
All the way home he listened to birds, and he excitedly told his father.
"That's nice," his father said, but the boy heard "Whatever, don't disturb me."
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@MicroSFF but that'd mean the boy misunderstood an animal...

@Wolf480pl @MicroSFF good point...if anything, the one species the boy mightn't have been able to understand would be frogs.

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@Wolf480pl @MicroSFF maybe the point is that he's so used to the father's response, he only hears what he expects rather than what he's actually saying

@Wolf480pl @MicroSFF no, wait a sec! I think I got it.

The father's "That's nice" actually means "Whatever, don't disturb me"—and now that the boy can understand all animals, he can understand his father too.

(btw I hope I'm not spamming 😛)

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