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Ear worms

Doctor looking inside a child's ear

Is there something inside my ear?

Have you ever had a piece of music you just can't stop singing inside your head?

They're called 'ear worms' and they can sometimes be very annoying.

In this week's 6 Minute English with Alice and Rob we find out more about ear worms.

This week's question:

Alice hums a tune connected to the BBC World Service. Do you know what's it called? Is it:

a) Lilliput

b) Lillipad

c) Lillibolero

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


Ear worms

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ear worm

song or musical phrase which repeats itself in your head


very easy to remember or sing


musical sound

stick in my head

a thought you can't stop thinking about

can't get out of your head

not being able to stop thinking about something

theme tune

the main tune in a film or play


aware of