I’ve been plagued by a song for about three weeks now, and I’m desperate to get rid of it.
“The term “earworm” usually refers to songs so catchy that you can’t get them out of your head.
“They get into your brain through your ear, and won’t get out. (I’ve had Kirsty MacColl’s “He’s on the Beach” on a loop in my head for about two weeks now.
“Why that song wasn’t a monster hit in the 80’s is entirely beyond me.) Or, occasionally, it refers to a particularly nasty scene in Star Trek II.
“But as a category, I apply the term to any random little thing I can’t get out of my head.
“Over the last few weeks, I’ve encountered a few academic earworms.”
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