I discovered today that the charming German word Ohrwurm – a tune you just can’t get out of your head and you find yourself humming despite yourself – is making its way into the English language as earworm.
I have an earworm today, and it’s The Girl from Ipanema. I found myself humming it, not having heard it on the radio before, and I asked myself: why this song? (Often with earworms, there is something in the lyrics that makes my subconscious dig it up.) Today, these are the reasons.
- The sun was shining. I can’t emphasize this enough. The last few days were so grey and dreary, this was just delightful.
- I had just spent a lovely afternoon with my mother, shopping. Mostly window-shopping, as it proved, so I hadn’t even spent much.
- I wore a nice outfit. Nothing new, just something I feel good, and well-dressed, in.
How do you get earworms? Do the lyrics play any role for you? What are some recent titles you couldn’t get out of your head?
- Rike Horstmann