The Germans have an expression for that maddening song or melody that invades your brain and won’t leave it. They call it an Ohrwurm. We translate that as earworm, but the German more effectively suggests the impending insanity, the way a tune can twist like a drill bit into your inner ear and lodge for what you fear will be forever. In my experience, a single word can do the same. Take “incommensurate”.
Incommensurate snaked into my ear during a recent episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the theme tune of which is pretty Ohrwurmy itself. I am not the devoted watcher I once was. The pleasure Larry David takes in his own comic diabolism can wear a little thin. The devil isn’t always the irresistible companion in mischief he thinks he is. Sometimes, you’d prefer a