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today's wwftd is... earworm

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    the worthless word for the day is: earworm [G. ohrwurm] a song or tune that repeats over and over inside a person s head The Germans use the word Ohrwurm to
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2007
      the worthless word for the day is: earworm

      [G. ohrwurm]
      a song or tune that repeats over and over inside
      a person's head

      "The Germans use the word Ohrwurm to denote these
      cognitively infectious musical agents. Whenever
      somebody complains to you that he just can't keep
      the latest pop tune from running through his head,
      tell him he can dispel it by calling it by name and
      by thinking about the original German meaning,
      which captures some of the mnemonicalli parasitical
      connotations of the word, for Ohrwurm literally
      means "ear worm" and is also used to refer to a
      kind of worm that can crawl into the ear."
      - Howard Rheingold, The Whole Earth Review,
      Dec. 22, 1987

      ""Wait till you've got the Barney song stuck in
      your head," Festino said. "Earworm from hell."
      - Joseph Finder, Killer Instinct (2006)

      -tsuwm
      http://home.comcast.net/~wwftd
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