- Accidental Innuendo: 69 Love Songs was apparently chosen because of its appeal as a cover design.
- Covered Up: Peter Gabriel's version of "The Book Of Love" seems to have done this.
- Ear Worm: "100,000 Fireflies".
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The very title of "Andrew In Drag" becomes this thanks to Arcade Fire's video for "We Exist," which features Andrew Garfield playing a trans woman.
- Painful Rhyme: ''Zebra'' rhymes "Louvre" with "maneuver" and "Hoover," note and also "dear" (turning it into "deeeeahhhh") with "zebra." It's so camp that it actually works, though.
I know you're a recluseYou know that's no excuseReno, that's just a ruseDo not play fast and loose with my heart
- ''It's a Crime'' deliberately invokes this, rhyming "any more" three times in a single verse.
- "Reno Dakota" is full of both Painful Rhymes ("It's making me blue/Pantone 292"), Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable and Lyrical Shoehorns, and lampshades it:
- Tear Jerker: "Busby Berkeley Dreams"
- The Woobie: Stephin Merritt himself, due to his tendency to write sad lyrics and his Eeyore-like persona.