Friday, May 23, 2008

Phrases stuck in my head

I think I'm an obsessive personality. I get stuff stuck in my head. (In music, they call those "earworms," and I get them a lot; but what do they call it if it's a phrase you've read? An eyeworm? A brainworm?)

At work, I'll hit some phrase, and then it'll be stuck. (I was editing a recipe once, and the recipe editor had rearranged the herbs used. Normally, they were listed in order of amount, largest to smallest; if the same size, then put as a group in alpha order; she cheated and made them say "1/2 teaspoon each dried parsley, sage, rosemary and basil.")

We have a deck that says: "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou" (which of course continues: "beside me in the wilderness").

SO now I have this, from a greeting card I saw probably 25 years ago, stuck in my head:

"A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou, beside me in the wilderness...
making those crazy wine sandwiches!"

maybe if I give it to you, I'll get rid of it?

What's stuck in your head?

3 comments:

Editrix said...

Although nothing is stuck in my head at the moment (knock on wood), I once got the Spanish word for meatballs ("albondigas") stuck in my head for several hours. So, I feel your eyeworm pain.

TootsNYC said...

Thanks for visiting, editrix!

Aren't some words just fun to hear? "albondigas" is, even if it's a language I don't speak.

mighty red pen said...

Nothing was stuck in my head until I read this post and now I can't get out "A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter" -- it was from an old Electric Company segment about a kid going to the store. My brother and I used to repeat it over and over again -- sometimes turning it into "A loaf of bread, a potato of milk, and a stick of butter." For whatever reason.