A Message From Al: Beware Word Crimes
Are you guilty of any of the “Word Crimes” mentioned in Weird Al Yankovic’s new video? If you haven’t watched it yet, you have to see it. Go ahead. Watch it now. Actually, even if you have seen it watch it again regardless, just for the reminder of what the English language deserves to be. The song is set to Robin Thicke’s single “Blurred Lines”, but the parody goes far beyond that into an obvious pet peeve of Al’s. Word crimes just aren’t cool.
Any wordsmiths I know have been all over Weird Al’s new song as well. For good reason!
Some Crimes of Note
He tosses around words like nomenclature, preposition, conjugation, syntax, and cunnilinguist! How many
morans morons have even heard all those words, let alone know the meaning of them? For that matter, how many writers have been known to slip up with a grammatical error themselves here or there? I’ll bet we should all raise our hands (even if it’s rarely. Or is that its? Bwahaha.
If you watch the video you’ll get the answer to that last question by the way. And if you find any other grammatical mistakes in this blog, feel free to point them out to me. I try hard, but we all slip up once in a while.
Thanks for a great song and lesson Weird Al!
Heather Grace Stewart
July 16, 2014 @ 11:23 am
It’s my new fave song. The irony is the first chapter of my second novel (very-much-unfinished) is called Will You Just Shut Up! and it’s …well I guess I can say here, Cat goes on a date with someone who says things like “all intensive porpoises,” but he acts all superior to her. I swear Weird Al and I share a brain. Scary. 🙂
Also very pleased he chose Blurred Lines to parody because I have boycotted that song whenever it comes on the radio (and it comes on a lot!)
July 16, 2014 @ 11:32 am
I have listened to it at least half a dozen times since yesterday! <3 <3
I wonder how many people will actually learn something from it? Unfortunately the ones that should probably won't get it, but props to Weird Al for trying. He unites all us "weird" wordies in fun.
And I hope for Cat's sake that she finds another date soon. Ick! lol
Heather Grace Stewart
July 16, 2014 @ 9:34 pm
Lol don’t worry I believe in happy endings!