Word Crimes

I have a reputation, somewhat deservedly so, as a pedantic and perhaps an overly passionate grammar Nazi. But the truth is that my pedantry is directed mostly toward me, myself, and I. And yes, I know, “me, myself, and I” is, in and of itself, an example of solecism, but, in this case, with intent.

It’s not as if, when I rise in the morning, my ambition is to find fault with the grammar, punctuation, usage, or spelling errors of other bloggers. That would be a huge waste of time, and I need to focus on striking a balance between reading other bloggers’ posts and writing my own.

Besides, I’m not a man without pathos. I don’t want to give other bloggers the squiggles because I understand that most of us here on WordPress are part-time bloggers, and we’re doing the best we can.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (passion), Your Daily Word Prompt (solecism), The Daily Spur (rise), Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration (waste), Word of the Day Challenge (striking), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (pathos), My Vivid Blog (squiggles), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (part time).

Day 20 — Many Meanings

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song that has many meanings to you.” Okay, I’m a very literal kind of a guy, so when I am asked about a song that has many meanings, I’m thinking word meanings, as in dictionaries, thesauruses, or songs about grammar, punctuation, and usage.

And there is only one song I can think of that does all that. Thank you, Weird Al.

Weird Al

4AAE093D-B5F6-41E8-A5C5-EFC3A56825ECWeird Al Yankovic is one of my favorite performers. He takes popular songs and creates fantastic parody videos of those songs. One of his most popular is “Eat It,” a takeoff of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

But being the word nerd that I am, my favorite Weird Al parody is “Word Crimes,” his parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

So, for your enjoyment, “Word Crimes.”

Also, as a bonus, here’s “Eat It.”

What’s your favorite Weird Al Yankovic parody song? Maybe you can post it in the comments.


Written for my one-word challenge, “parody.”