Shaking it off is nice, I guess, if every perceived slight is the basis for a new pop song. For most of us, that’s not reality. We deal with practical considerations, because we must.

Pillsbury contestants gotta bake, bake, bake, bake, bake, bake it off, bake it off!

Land surveyors gotta stake, stake, stake, stake, stake, stake it off,stake it off!

Some women gotta fake, fake, fake, fake, fake, fake get off, fake get off!

Gardeners dealing with lawns after wind storms gotta rake, rake, rake, rake, rake, rake it off, rake it off!

Office employees who are nearing the last day for a use it or lose it policy regarding vacations and illnesses gotta take, take, take, take, take, take it off, take it off!


Colorado State students trying to come down from a molly overdose gotta masturbate, bate, bate, masturbate it off!

Grocery stores trying to pass off spoiled dairy products as fresh gotta date, date, date, date, date, date it off, date it off!

Residential builders trying to attract wealthy people to new developments in high-density neighborhoods gotta gate, gate, gate, gate, gate, gate it off, gate it off!


Painters wanting to keep unwanted paint off of surfaces gotta tape, tape, tape, tape, tape, tape it off, tape it off!

Miss Swift would do well to think twice before publishing such out of touch lyrics again.