Help get this question out of my head!
October 1, 2010 5:49 PM Subscribe
How did the word "earworm" come to mean something you can't get out of your head (like a song, etc)? Looking for the German etymology, if there is one.
posted by bitter-girl.com to writing & language (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was a German major in college so a friend asked me the following:
"I'm trying to figure out how the German word "Ohrwurm" which originally meant a kind of treatment for ear diseases made from earwigs (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Ohrwurm) came to mean a song stuck in the head."
My Google-fu is failing me -- does anyone else have an answer for her?