American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See corn earworm.
- n. A tune that is stuck in one's head, especially as unwanted or repetitive.
- A calque of German Ohrwurm ("earworm"). (Wiktionary)
“The term "earworm" is a translation of the German word Ohrwurm, used to describe the "musical itch" of the brain.”
“The best cure for earworm is to sing the Wiggles “Hot Potato” to yourself, over and over, until you can displace the offending tune.”
“But sometimes a worm, called the earworm, which is like the tomato worm, will appear during June and eat the tips of the young ears.”
“As to whether the earworm ruined the mood, or a change in mood killed the earworm, that is”
“earworm" - a song that eats its way into your brain and refuses to budge for minutes or hours or days - can be irritating, but it's never been the focus of much study until researchers at the University of Montreal decided to look at obsessive melodies.”
“Now to find a way to exploit the "earworm" as a vector of cognitive contagion.”
“What's easier to find -- on Wikipedia at least, though the OED doesn't recognize it -- is the etymological origins of the term "earworm".”
“I'm so glad to have the term mondegreen now; it will surely vie with "earworm" for usefulness.”
“My vote was for Ohrwurm literally, "earworm", a word describing those songs you just can't get out of your head.”
“The entry I particularly like is Ohrwurm English: "earworm", which is German for a song you just can't get out of your head.”
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