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The pop song problem

I was beginning a new book, reading its very first page. Characters in Marissa Doyle's Bewitching Season - Sorcery and Cecelia written post-Harry Potter - use Latin spells to perform magic. On its very first page, one character commands "Repellere statim!" And my brain is back out of the book as Spice Girls lyrics prance through my mind.

I have this problem occasionally. "Fiat" - car brand, verb, whatever - has been reliably putting The Beatles into my head. "Quo vadis?" takes me straight to Peter Sarstedt (although until I looked it up just now, I couldn't've told you who wrote or sang the song).

Fortunately, Doyle doesn't provide the spellwords for most of the rest of the spells used in the book, so I finished it without any further earworms.



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Sep. 25th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
My housemaster at school was a classicist. He believed that there were two kinds of boys; those who went on to get firsts in classics and teach and those who got seconds in classics who became marketing managers for Lever Brothers.
Sep. 25th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
You know, that happens to me too, but it's delayed. I then have to go back and figure out what precisely got me started on the tune in question!
Sep. 26th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Icon Comment: I used to have that entire quote memorized.
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