7 September 2013

If you haven’t heard Robin Thicke’s song, “Blurred Lines,” you’re obviously more fortunate than most people I know, including me.  It’s verging on old news, so talking about it probably doesn’t count as pop culture, but I heard it about a dozen times today, so it’s on my mind.

At one point in the song, he asks, “You wanna hug me; what rhymes with hug me?”

It’s pretty clear what he’s implying, because he has all the subtly common to musicians nowadays, but it’s just as clear that he should have come up with a better way of asking. The rest of the song is rife with rhymes so forced as to border on assault; they function at all because he has the poor enunciation also common to musicians nowadays.  If we’re to rely on his understanding of rhymes, the answer could be anything from “hug me”–and yes I know that’s a repetition–to “Achtung! Schmetterlinge sind nicht Affen” : because nothing rhymes like German.

I thought I’d take a more direct approach, operating with simple and obvious rhymes, and see what happened.


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