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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Definitions for earworm

  1. Informal. a tune or part of a song that repeats in one’s mind.
  2. Informal. to work (itself or its way) into a person’s mind: The Pepsi jingles have earwormed their way into my head.

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Citations for earworm
Despite the annoying times we can’t get a chorus or a hook of an overplayed pop song out of our heads, getting a really good earworm stuck can be one of the best things, ever. Blake Rodgers, "Weekend Earworms: Good Gracious, the Great Grammys of 1983!" Nerdist, February 12, 2017
The earworm made it all the way to No. 4 on the Hot 100, stalling just shy of breaking through and becoming the extremely rare alternative track to own that all-genre chart. Hugh McIntyre, "This Hit Single Is Now The Longest-Running No. 1 On The Alternative Songs Chart," Forbes, November 30, 2017
Origin of earworm
The English noun earworm is a calque or loan translation of the German compound Ohrwurm “earwig (the insect), catchy tune” (the all but identical Dutch oorworm means only earwig). Earworm entered English in the late 16th century in the sense earwig; its current sense dates from the late 20th century.