Was Winky Speaking English?

[Post from one of my old blogs, slightly edited.]

Okay, I don’t mean to imply that Winky has an extensive spoken English vocabulary. I only heard him say one word in English, but he used it in the right context.
I had just taken some food out of the refrigerator when Winky came over… as he so often did when I take something out of the fridge… and meowed.
“No,” I said, “this is not for kitty-cats.”
He meowed again, a normal meow.
“Not for kitty-cats. No,” I repeated.
And Winky looked up at me and responded, with a questioning inflection and a wistful tone, “No?”

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