Pop songs that seek to gain mass appeal are most often required to trade in cerebral sesquipedality for catchiness. But why can't we have both?

That's the question extraneous lyricist Dave Werner has been asking for the past three years.

In the 2012 edition of his annual thesaurus-assisted revamp of the year's most popular pop songs, Werner adjusts the intelligence quotient of Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and Psy, among others.

[H/T: Tastefully Offensive]