But today, to promote the release of his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, Weird Al released Word Crimes, a brilliant parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. In almost no time at all, this song has become a rallying cry for writers. And if you've ever cringed at someone's failure to use capitalization and punctuation in an email, or the non-word gibberish that often passes for conversation in a text message, this song is for you.
The Top 3 Word Crimes
Hashtag Abuse. The song opens with a few hashtags, and then hashtags all sorts of comments. Used sparingly, the humble hashtag is remarkably helpful. It makes it possible to engage in conversations on Twitter and to view specific photographs on Instagram. But if your content is mostly made up of hashtags, you might be a #hastagabuser.
Nonsensical Words + Phrases. Not only does Weird Al tackle the strange land of text message spelling, where numbers are used as letters and letters are used as words, he also clobbers those who use the phrase "I could care less" to indicate a lack of care about the topic at hand. If you could care less, it means that you do care!
Spelling + Word Choice. The final item Weird Al addresses is spelling and word choice. He talks about the difference between less and fewer, the proper spelling for espresso, a reminder about homophones, and the difference between irony and coincidence. He also tackles the difference between possessives and contractions.