Word Crimes Lyrics


Everybody shut up! (Woo!)
Everyone listen up!
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey (Uh, woo!)
Hey, hey, hey (Woo!)

[Verse 1]
If you can't write in the proper way (Woo!)
If you don't know how to conjugate (Woo!)
Hey, maybe you flunked that class (Hey, hey, hey)
And maybe now you find (Hey, hey, hey)
That people mock you online (Hey, hey, hey)
(Everybody wise up!)

[Verse 2]
Okay, now here's the deal
I'll try to educate ya (Woo!) (Ow!)
Gonna familiarize
You with the nomenclature (Woo!) (Meow!)
You'll learn the definitions (Hey, hey, hey)
Of nouns and prepositions (Hey, hey, hey)
Literacy's your mission (Hey, hey, hey)

And that's why I think it's a good time (Woo!)
To learn some grammar (What)
Now, did I stammer?
Work on that grammar (Woo!)
You should know when
It's "less" or it's "fewer" (Woo!) (Oh, yeah)
Like people who were (All right)
Never raised in a sewer

[Chorus 1]
I hate these word crimes
Like "I could care less" (Hey, hey, hey)
That means you do care (Whoa)
At least a little
Don't be a moron (Hey, hey)
You'd better slow down
And use the right pronoun (Hey, hey)
Show the world you're no clown
(Everybody wise up!)

[Verse 2]
Say you've got an "i-t"
Followed by apostrophe "s" (Woo!)
Now, what does that mean?
You would not use "it's" in this case (Woo!)
As a possessive (No, no, no!)
It's a contraction (Yeah, yeah, yeah!)
What's a contraction?
Well, it's the shortening of a word or a group of words
By omission of a sound or letter (Woo!)

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Okay, now here are some notes
Syntax you're always mangling (Woo!)
No X in "espresso"
Your participle's danglin' (Uh-huh)
But I don't want your drama (Hey, hey, hey) (Uh-huh)
If you really wanna (Hey, hey, hey) (Uh-huh)
Leave out that Oxford comma (Hey, hey, hey) (Uh-huh)

[Chorus 2]

[lyrics was taken from http://www.lyrics.my/artists/weird-al-yankovic/lyrics/word-crimes] Just keep in mind that
"be", "see", "are", "you"
Are words, not letters (Woo!)
Get it together (Hey, hey)
Use your spell checker
You should never
Write words using numbers (Woo!) (Hey, hey)
Unless you're seven (Yeah-ay)
Or your name is Prince
(Everybody wise up!)

[Chorus 1]
I hate these word crimes (I hate them crimes)
You really need a (Woo!) (I hate them crimes)
Full-time proofreader (I mean those crimes)
You dumb mouthbreather (Woo!)
Well, you should hire (I'll hire)
Some cunning linguist (Woo!)
To help you distinguish
What is proper English
(Everybody wise up!)

One thing I ask of you (Okay)
Time to learn your homophones is past due (Woo!)
Learn to diagram a sentence, too
Always say "to whom"
Don't ever say "to who" (Woo!)
And listen up when I tell you this
I hope you never use quotation marks for emphasis (Woo!)
You finished second grade
I hope you can tell
If you're doing good or doing well (Woo!)
You better figure out the difference
Irony is not coincidence (Woo!)
And I thought that you'd gotten it through your skull
About what's figurative and what's literal (Woo!)
Oh, but just now (Just now), you said (You said)
You "literally" couldn't get out of bed (Woo!) (What?)
That really makes me want to literally
Smack a crowbar upside your stupid head

I read your e-mail (Yeah, yeah)
It's quite apparent (Woo!)
Your grammar's errant
You're incoherent (Woo!)
Saw your blog post (Hey, hey)
It's really fantastic (Oh, woah)
That was sarcastic (Oh, psych!)
'Cause you write like a spastic (Woo!)

[Chorus 1]
I hate these word crimes (Everybody wise up)
Your prose is dopey (Woo!) (Hey)
Think you should only (Woah, woah)
Write in emoji (Woo!)
Oh, you're a lost cause (Hey, hey, hey)
Go back to pre-school (Woo!)
Get out of the gene pool (Hey, hey, hey)
Try your best to not drool (Woo!)

Never mind, I give up (Woo!)
Really now, I give up (Woo!)
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Go away!