Does this ever happen to you: you hear a word or phrase, and immediately a song pops into your head that has that word or phrase, or a similar-sounding word or phrase? It happens to me all the time. And then I start singing, sometimes quietly to myself, other times loudly. I thought that everyone did this, but friends and loved ones have told me otherwise. Perhaps this is one way that the musician and editor in me conjoin.
This little habit not only provides entertainment value (for me, at least—I cannot vouch for those around me) but also helps me remember some important usage conventions. I’ll share some of them in future posts.