'Weird Al' skewers bad grammar, grammar cops in 'Word Crimes'

'Weird Al' skewers bad grammar, grammar cops in 'Word Crimes'

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A screen shot from the video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Word Crimes."

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 12:53 PM

Tuesday was Day Two of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s eight straight days of new music videos. This time, he’s going after people on all sides of the grammer – uh, grammar debate.

“Word Crimes” is a parody of the Robin Thicke hit “Blurred Lines.”

The video never shows Al or any scantily-clad women dancing around like Thicke’s video, but it’s littered with words, phrases, and definitions all meant to poke fun at people with bad spelling, bad grammar and bad punctuation –- and the people trying to save society by acting as the official grammar police. Watch the video


Among some of the points Al makes:

“If you can’t write in the proper way … maybe you flunked that class.”

“You should know when, it’s less or it’s fewer, like people who were, never raised in a sewer.”

“No X in espresso.”
(Which is perfect for Seattleites).

He also takes shots at people who like 2 abbrevi8 on social media in ways u may not be used 2.

“You should never write words using numbers, unless you're seven, or your name is Prince.” Yankovic uses Prince’s symbol, which Prince once used in place of his name.

If you’ve ever posted something on Facebook and the response you get is “Who cares,” Al has a message for them, too.

“Like ‘I could care less.’ That means you do care. At least a little.”

In promoting his new album, “Mandatory Fun,” Yankovic is releasing one video every day until July 21. The first video, “Tacky,” was released Monday.

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