10. Kesha – “Dinosaur” (2010)
The Word(s): D-I-N-O-S-A-U-R, O-L-D M-A-N
Can You Use It in a Sentence? D-I-N-O-S-A-U-R a dinosaur/ And O-L-D M-A- / You’re just an old man/ Hitting on me what?/ You need a cat scan
Degree of Difficulty: 5/10. Dinosaur isn’t a particularly difficult word to spell, but consider the target Kesha is spelling it out to. Depending on how old the man hitting on her is, spelling out dinosaur could be a helpful tactic for thwarting an unwanted suitor, infantilizing him and speaking in a language he can understand.
What Have We Learned? Kesha isn’t into old dudes. Period. The whole song is one takedown after another, mocking everything from their toupees to their oxygen tanks. In Kesha’s eyes, the experience is both exasperating and hilarious, a full-length song of Cher’s “as if” sentiments from Clueless. It’s fitting that this song was co-written by Max Martin and Shellback and not her frequent collaborator/abuser Dr. Luke, for whom the lyrics of the song could practically apply. –Philip Cosores