Fun with Pronouns

The latest earworm to hit the radio waves is “ME!” by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie.* When I heard it, the first word that popped into my head was “juvenile,” which is fine. After all, it is a song for the youth (but… Taylor, you ain’t that young anymore, sorry). And it’s teaching them pronouns! The self-absorbed, narcissistic lyrics include the following:

Hey, kids!
Spelling is fun!
Girl, there ain’t no I in “team”
But you know there is a “me”

And you can’t spell “awesome” without “me”

“ME!” by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie

Just like Gwen Stefani did with “Hollaback Girl” (another fun but similarly asinine song) in 2005, pop stars are going to teach us spelling, too! How kind of them. Technically, you can get “me” out of “team,” but you have to rearrange the letters.

Actually, the whole thing kind of reminds me of one of those motivational posters you see in school classrooms or workplaces. Well, if that’s what motivates you…

*I had no idea who Brendon Urie was. Then I found out he was the lead singer of Panic! At The Disco, which is the same thing as Fall Out Boy. (Seriously, listen to them. They sound exactly the same.)

2 thoughts on “Fun with Pronouns”

  1. I didn’t care for this song when I heard it, so I missed the “Girl, there ain’t no I in ‘team’; But you know there is a ‘me'” thing, which would have annoyed me.

    I always pay attention to what Taylor does, but it’s probably significant that the only song from her last album that I ever play at this point is “New Year’s Day,” which is nothing like the rest of the album.

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    1. I’m getting tired of her. Some of her songs are enjoyable, but perhaps fame is getting to her head. Her older stuff is better.

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