If you were cognizant in 2002, then you probably did your fair share of jamming to Missy Elliott’s 2002 hit, “Work It.” But, if you need to watch the music video again just to jog your memory, I’ll wait.
For some, though, some of the song lyrics have always been a bit mystifying. Specifically, the section of the chorus in which it sounds like Missy is saying absolute gibberish. Not surprisingly, many of us just assumed that we were simply mishearing the lyrics, and would sing along/butcher the words as best we could.
But, it has become clear that we were (mostly) all mistaken. Missy really WAS spouting gibberish, in a way: she was literally putting her “thing” down, flipping it, and reversing it.
See for yourself. The verses are literally “I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it” backwards:
As soon as Twitter realized that they had missed this nugget of Missy brilliance for 15 years, people had to take a minute to lay down and process this groundbreaking information.
Like, seriously. How did so many of us miss this for so long?
And you have to admit, it’s a pretty baller move to put a reversed lyric in the HOOK of your song, forcing everybody to sound like a damn fool when they sing it.
And yes — I am fully aware that some of the older, wiser and more seasoned Twitter users already knew about the “Work It” lyrics.
And to them, I say: congratulations! You can listen to a song correctly!
Now be quiet while the rest of us ignorant fools ponder this enormous revelation.