Wednesday, July 18, 2007


I have this bad habit of infecting other people with earworms.

And here's the sad thing. I really enjoy it.

Okay, before you get all grossed out, just wait a minute. I'm not talking about an actual worm, nor about the implement used to harvest wax from ears for a variety of domestic, industrial, and ceremonial uses (as demonstrated by Oscar Wilde in the picture to the left) Tee hee.

Earworm is a term commonly used for songs that get stuck in someone's head.

I enjoy spreading them. Both in real life as well as in the virtual online universe. I mean, most of the Facebook status updates I do involve quoting lyrics from songs -- and I usually try to pick songs that are either annoyingly overplayed on the radio right now, or songs from the past that might be so old that they can't help both get stuck in someone's head and potentially also bring back fond memories to them (perhaps of a time when that song was popular). So, see, there can be nice side-effects of earworms.

But the favourite lyrics I like to use when injecting earworms in others would be lyrics from one hit wonders. Don't THOSE just stick in your head and drive you nuts?

I have a theory that the best way to get rid of an earworm is to pass it along to someone else.

That's why I invite readers of my blog to leave a comment with their own favourite hated earworm. Here, I'll get you started by asking you please don't tell my heart, my achy breaky heart. I just don't think it'd understand.

(There, now doesn't that make you want to infect ME with a really nasty earworm?)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now you've done it ... I'll be singing THAT song all day tomorrow.

So in return, I say Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogy said up jump the boogy!