We all know that “ear worm” is a song you can’t get out of your head.
“Earworm” is German, of course. Because the French would have come up with something sexier, the Italians with something more edible, and the English with something less disgusting.
But we’re Americans, dammit, and we’re going to call it something STUPID.
My suggestion is “song tumor”. What’s yours?
And FYI: if you are prone to these things — to letting a melody with words you kinda sorta know whizz in your brain for days and days at a time — I advise you to NOT watch The Big Bang Theory.
The Big Bang Theory is a half-hour comedy on NBC.
I watch it religiously, and then I can’t get the theme song out of my mind until Thursday. Here, you can sing it with me:
Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…
The Earth began to cool,
The autotrophs began to drool,
Neanderthals developed tools,
We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!
I’m 53 years old. If you had told me, thirty years ago, that I’d spend my middle age singing along with a situation comedy theme song, I would have taken a lot more drugs just so that I’d have at least a good reason for this sad diminishment of mental capacity.