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Writer's Block: The Wrath of Ohrwurm

German has a word for everything, like ohrwurm. Translated literally as "earworm" in English, it's the word for songs that get stuck in your head and won't go away. What earworm of a song do you most dread burrowing into your head?


I wouldn't say I dread it, but today I definitely have an earworm. It's that song, "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow," which for reasons unknown to me I have been singing for the last three days or so. I've been substituting the word "fellow" with the word "Snockers" which is a nickname for my cat. Earlier in the day while I was singing it, the boyfriend's dog started "Roo-rooing" in protest, but I kept on singing anyway, because my cat is a jolly good fellow you know, and I will not let the dog win.

A little bit ago, the boyfriend, who is currently sick, was mindlessly playing some computer nerd game he always plays and he softly started singing, for she's a jolly good fellow but all sick and stuffy-nosed sounding. It was funny because I've infected him not only with the cold I had last week, but also with an annoying an earworm. Ha ha.

She's a jolly good Snockers, which nobody can deny!

NOBODY CAN DENY!



P.S. What makes this little writer's block thing even weirder is that I've been reading the memoir of a German woman today and periodically asking my of-German-descent boyfriend what certain German words mean. After he mocks me for not knowing what they mean, he tells me the answer. Then I punish him with another round of "She's a Jolly good Snockers" and I dare him to deny it.

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nodressrehersal
Nov. 28th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Here's the story, of a lovely lady...
The Brady Bunch theme song... which nobody can deny is annoying. I LOVE planting earworms in people's heads. It's practically a hobby for me.
createdestiny
Nov. 28th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
Re: Here's the story, of a lovely lady...
I have been vaccinated against that Brady Bunch song. Although I do have a recurring infection of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" that no amount of antibiotics seems to be able to clear up.
nodressrehersal
Nov. 28th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's the story, of a lovely lady...
Oh man, I gotta git me some of that vaccine!

Eww, nasty infection - especially when you add visual to it.
joeyouknow
Nov. 28th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
Not a song but I hope this qualifies. Rememember the obnoxious Viper car alarm from around 17 years ago? "Viper is armed, stand back!" Followed, loudly, by a succession of cheesy Atari video game-like sound effects. Gf and I were shopping late Wednesday when I saw a piniata with "viper" printed on it, and off I went, repeating the whole sequence over and over. Gf deserves a medal{or maybe a ring} for not leaving me right then and there.
createdestiny
Nov. 29th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Ha ha! I had forgotten about that Viper alarm.
nightlikeariver
Nov. 28th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
haha awwww. i want to see a picture of your pets!

did the bf get you sick, too, or did you make it unscathed?
createdestiny
Nov. 29th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
I had it first. I'm scathed.
bug_311
Dec. 2nd, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
OOh! Seth and I were just talking about this the other night... how sneaky jingles get in your head, and how advertising ultimately affects you, even if you don't buy something, you remember it.

If I hear someone say in an excited voice the word "FoodMaxx!" I go into the song.... FoodMaxx, take it to the Maxx, to optimize your shopping POWer..... FOODMAXX!"

And then there's the old skool Payless Drugs Christmas Jingle... "Merry Christmas, from Payless, Merrrryyy Chrissstmaaas"

And don't get me started on the song for the local Miller Glass ads. Oy vey.

I think you broke a string, Floyd.
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