"This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! It's expired and gone to meet its maker! It's a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed it to the perch it would be pushing up the daisies!"
In this iconic sketch from the British comedy troupe Monty Python, a perturbed pet store customer complains that he was sold a dead parrot. The pet store owner insists that the bird is alive.