Aaaannnngggg …

Millions of British adults can’t read karaoke lyrics, reports The Independent.

Research for the Department for Education’s Get On campaign found classic songs like Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” require the reading skills expected of an 11-year-old, lacked by more than 5.2 million adults. Other karaoke hits, such as “Angels” by Robbie Williams, pose a harder challenge, which nearly 18 million adults will fail.

Via D-Ed Reckoning on which a commenter observes that nobody can read lyrics after all the alcohol it takes to get up the courage to sing karaoke.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    The blessings of illiteracy.

  2. on the flip side, lyrics are a terrific springboard into reading … saw this with a group of 5 year olds doing a musical. They wanted to find the page/place so it reinforced their nacent reading skills.

    perhaps karaoke without the alcohol might serve a purpose.

  3. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Anyone with music training needs to be drunk to listen to Karaoke.