Britney’s dirty pun has literary past

Posted March 23rd, 2009 by Eric Greenwood · No Comments

Turns out Britney has possibly read a book in her life. Well, that may be a slight stretch, but her team of songwriters certainly has. That dubiously clever pun in her new single, “If You Seek Amy”, has been used, in one form or another, throughout literary history. Or at least going back to Shakespeare, according to Slate’s research. Even Joyce toyed with it in Ulysses, taking the art of the dirty pun to even greater heights with “See you in tea.” What’s that spell? You heard me. But, in spite of the fact that Britney’s context is utterly nonsensical: “All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek Amy”, the “shock” of her suggestive innuendo has made for a perfectly scandalous media blitz. As though that girl needs any help there. And to top it all off, the video delivers.

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