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#SoCS – Worm of the Ear that Bit Me


I used to always get rid of earworms by listening to the song that was bugging me. It worked most of the time. It’s kind of like drinking to get over a hangover, which is where the completely nonsensical title of this post came from. Use it at will. It would be nice if one of these silly things I come up with becomes popular. Someone came up with the word “earworm” after all.ย  I guess the next step to fame for something like that is when the little squiggly red line underneath it disappears because it’s been added to the dictionary.

Is “earworm” in the dictionary? Yes. I just checked. The popular meaning doesn’t have a date mentioned in Merriam-Webster online, but the other meaning–corn earworm–has been around since 1802. Check it out.

You learn something new every day.

Getting back to songs. With the number of earworms I get on any given day nowadays, I’d be looking up songs to get over them all day. The worm of the ear that bit me would be a constant occupation … I don’t know why I get so many songs stuck in my head. Maybe it’s my brain’s way of trying to get me to stop thinking of everything all the time, and concentrate on one, as annoying as it may be.

I mean seriously. I can hear a lawn mower while I type this–this is how bad it is–and my mind just went to “Mow, mow, mow your boat,” so now that’s stuck.

But I’ll get over it with another song.

Maybe one I write myself.

You’re welcome.

SoCS badge by Pamela, at

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

39 thoughts on “#SoCS – Worm of the Ear that Bit Me

  1. Crazy for you
    Crazy for you
    (Heart). Iโ€™m just sharing.

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  2. This prompt definitely pulled out the earworms from everybody’s closet. Great job, Linda! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. I love your new expression! I’m definitely using that! ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. I am going mad with earworms right now! ๐Ÿ’œ


  5. Linda, after reading all these posts, it seems like I have a good forty or so different songs bouncing around in my head! Iโ€™m never going to get to sleep!๐Ÿ™„


    • Haha! And yet if no one had mentioned earworms, we probably wouldn’t have had a problem with them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€


      • Yep…all YOUR fault. The really weird thing is that tonight, I found myself singing โ€œElmo wants to be a chicken, Elmo wants do be a duck…quack quackโ€ from Sesame Street. The weird part of this is that no one mentioned it in their posts, and my kids are teenagers. Whatโ€™s wrong with me??


  6. I do that a lot, get a song or songs stuck in my head! Ug yeah! Good but also annoying!


  7. I ended up liking this prompt, and I do like your response. I tend to sing the songs out of my head. Usually in the car, but you never know.


  8. Another name for the corn earworm is the corn borer…


  9. Ear worms are the best procrastination devices … ‘I can’t today, I have tinnitus or something akin.’ *hums* ‘Nursery rhyme, yes on repeat.’ Disconnects caller …

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  10. This one can make you giggle.


  11. I had to look up the definition of this word Linda ๐Ÿ™‚ Where do you find your prompts?


  12. Music is good for the soul. Sing it, Linda! Sing out loud. Sing it strong. Make it simple to last your whole life long. (This in response to Barry.)

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