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There's a child outside taunting someone with a chant that sounds like, "Gas Board! Gas Board! Gas Board!" but probably isn't.

I think I've heard this particular child before. They have a distinctive wail that I've been hearing a lot lately (even with the windows shut). It caused me to reflect that, whether because it's inbred in humans or just because I can remember being a toddler, I can tell that this particular child's wail doesn't mean "I'm hurt" or "I'm hungry" or "I'm scared". It means, "I'm not really that upset, but I'm making a point, dammit!"

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feebeeglee
Apr. 12th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
well do I know that sound.
np_complete
Apr. 12th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
A genuine "child in distress" scream jerks you up and gets you moving: the ability to recognize it must be hardwired into the brain. But the "I'm doing this to get my way!" howl just makes the bystander think, "How much longer can he possibly keep that up?"
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