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In lands I never saw -- they say
Immortal Alps look down --
Whose bonnets touch the firmament --
Whose sandals touch the town --

Meek at whose everlasting feet
A myriad daisy play --
Which, Sir, are you and which am I
Upon an August day?

Emily Dickinson
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Earworms

amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 2,213 Teacher
Just in case you get stuck with one!

Earworms

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  • hazel27hazel27 Posts: 570 ✭✭✭
    I will follow instructions when I will have earworm in my head ;)
    Lady Gaga is the worst as we can see in the list.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,803 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm laughing out loud, because the typical one is 'I Have a Pen Pineapple Pen' recently.
    It is going kill my brain cells since it is playing everywhere...
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 26,446 mod
    You had me worried for a moment! I had visions of little worms trying to wriggle out of your ears.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,050 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Classic music usually stuck in my ears especially when it is 'Tansen'.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,807 mod
    edited November 2016
    The Dutch word for earwig is oorworm (literally ear worm) @mheredge, isn't it @april?. Maybe for this reason you've subconciously associated this term with worms wriggling out of your ears.
    For me, if I hear the word earworm - although I know the meaning in English is different - my first association isn't with subvocal repetitive music, but with these creepy crawlies,

  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,803 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I just puked. I shouldn't have read it while having my lunch...@Frank :mask: my bad...
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,807 mod
    edited November 2016
    These animals look creepy, but in fact they are quite harmless @Shiny03 If this made you puke already, you'd better not look at this tread: http://learn-english-forum.org/discussion/comment/38427/#Comment_38427
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 26,446 mod
    Earwigs are okay @Shiny03 (it's cockroaches I can't abide).

    If you earwig on someone's conversation @Frank, this means that you are listening to someone, or overhearing them but in a secretive or not very open manner.
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