Taylor Swift Calls Out Princeton Review for Misquoting ‘Fifteen’

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Taylor Swift is basically America’s sweetheart. She sends fans care packages. She’s a consummate do-gooder. She’s too classy to discuss her rivals or disclose which exes inspired her songs (Although, let’s be real, most of the time it’s hella obvious). But let it not be said that Taylor won’t defend herself. Take, for example, her calling out of the Princeton Review after the education company misquoted one of her lyrics.

The lyrics in question came from Tay’s hit song “Fifteen,” a track from her 2008 album Fearless. As any true Swiftie knows, the song’s main line is “When you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.”

A post from the singer’s Tumblr page shows that the testing service wrote the lyrics as “Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe them.” The test prompts students to find the grammatical error in the sentence. (Hint: “somebody” is singular, “them” is plural.)

The caption from  Taylor’s Tumblr account reads “Not the right lyrics at all, pssshhhh. You had one job, test people. One job.”

Clearly, she’s taking it in stride — then again, Taylor probably has a million and four other projects that are occupying her time and energy.

Honestly, the best part of all this is probably the fact that Princeton Review prefaced this testing section, which also contains lyrics from Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga with the following line: “Pop lyrics are a great source of bad grammar.”

Tell us again why this isn’t a more common learning method? We’re pretty sure we would have been much more attentive students had this been our learning model.

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