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  • The term "earworm" is a translation of the German word Ohrwurm, used to describe the "musical itch" of the brain.

    What's an Earworm?

  • Must have wanted to be close to something I touched. stephenfry: In Germany they use the wonderful word Ohrwurm to describe songs like Top of World.

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  • With "Ohrwurm" Oeler shows his open mind to other styles of music by using 2 Guitars.

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  • And Ohrwurm is definitely one of my favourite words too

    TGIF: Ohrwurm « Musings from an overworked translator

  • My vote was for Ohrwurm literally, "earworm", a word describing those songs you just can't get out of your head.

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • They and Gwen Stefani have a lot to answer for; they're the cause of several Ohrwurm infestations this summer!

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • The entry I particularly like is Ohrwurm English: "earworm", which is German for a song you just can't get out of your head.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • Ohrwurm is ready to go with its third edition, and this time, they're gunning for bigger things with the headliner being dancefloor veteran

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  • Did you guys check out the last awesome Ohrwurm party?

    Junk - Latest Happenings

  • Another derivative of Indo-European * wegh - is EARWIG ` an insect once thought to be able to penetrate a person's head through the ear, 'a creature known in German as Ohrwurm ` earworm.'

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 3

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  • Discussed in Howard Rheingold's They Have a Word for It (1988), where it is defined as "a tune or melody that infects a population rapidly." Literally, "earworm."

    October 11, 2011