Word Crimes

Album: Mandatory Fun (2014)
Charted: 39

Songfacts®:

  • Weird Al sidesteps the furor of misogyny accusations that surrounded Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and spins the song into "Word Crimes," a parody that simultaneously educates and skewers the grammatically challenged with a red pen:

    If you can’t write in the proper way
    if you don’t know how to conjugate
    maybe you flunked that class
    and maybe now you find that people mock you online
  • "There were already about 10,000 parodies of ["Blurred Lines"] and they were all rapey," Al told The View. "And I thought nobody had done a song about grammar."
  • Al incorporates a sly jab to pal Alanis Morissette in the music video when a wedding day downpour accompanies the lyrics "irony is not coincidence" - a direct hit to Morissette's song "Ironic," which incorrectly uses the example "It's like rain on your wedding day."

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