It also refers to an actual type of small nocturnal insect. However, it is most often used to describe a catchy tune that you simply cannot get out of your head.
It can be used both to describe a song as memorable, and to describe the sensation of having a song stuck in your head.
The word ‘earworm’ is now sometimes used in English, such as in the UK the radio station BBC 6 Music accepts submissions for their listeners’ favourite earworms.
There was even a Spongebob Squarepants character called Ohrwurm who spent an episode living in Spongebob’s brain playing the same song on repeat.
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Das Eurovision-Lied hat eine wunderbare Ohrwurm-Melodie.
The Eurovision song has a wonderful catchy melody.
Ich habe einen ganz großen Ohrwurm!
I have a song which I just can’t get out of my head!
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