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We Finally Know What Missy Elliott Was Saying In “Work It”

Fifteen years ago, George W. Bush was still in his first term as president, The Bachelor was a brand new show, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were still married, and people were obsessed with Missy Elliott's "Work It." The song reached no. 2 on the Billboard charts, while the video snagged her MTV's Video of the Year award at the VMAs. Despite the fact that people loved the song — and Elliott's truest fans knew exactly what was up — lots of people had no idea what Elliott was saying in the jumbled hook of the Timbaland-produced track. Now, all these years later, the realization of what exactly Elliott said in that line is dawning on those who've been in the dark for years, as BuzzFeed first noted.Here's the lyric in question: "I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it/Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I." Figure it out? Yeah, she literally just reversed the previous line. And people. Are. Shook. Folks are taking to Twitter to express their utter disbelief at the paradigm-shifting revelation, mostly via GIFs of shocked faces.Obviously, though, everyone who already knew this fact is, like, "come on, people." One person wrote, "Wait people actually didn't know that missy Elliott literally flipped and reversed her lyrics in her iconic song? SMMFH." Another tweeted, anyone who didn't get that doesn't deserve Missy Elliott." Harsh.Anyhow, thanks for giving us all something to talk about, Missy — a decade-and-a-half after the fact. Treat yourself and enjoy the video in full, i.e. one of the greatest things to emerge from 2002, and check out the funniest tweets below.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UODX_pYpVxk]@MissyElliott you're a genius pic.twitter.com/xy1VLM6eNj— Antonio (@tonioabrantes) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js@MissyElliott literally reversed it:"I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it." ---->"Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I" pic.twitter.com/84uo8J0Xkk— Bridgette M Pirtle (@BridgettePirtle) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsWhen you realise the mumbling in Missy Elliott's "Work It" , is actually "I put my thing down flip it and reverse it"... BACKWARDS. pic.twitter.com/nBwBGRiKxK— Amy (@AimeeLouu) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsSOME PEOPLE JUST FINDING OUT that @MissyElliott literally reversed the lyric: “I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it.” LOL— Janith Htinaj (@jxnith) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js15 yrs to realize she really did put her thing down, flip it, and reverse it @MissyElliott #workit #tiesreverdnatipilfnwodgnihtymtupi pic.twitter.com/SDwFJvF01Q— La Gringa (@danielajh) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsWow! It really took y'all this long to figure out what Missy Elliott was saying?! pic.twitter.com/FJ7QCQvYfa— Lady Gaga (@chiIdofgaga) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsEPIPHANY: THE GIBBERISH MISSY ELLIOT SPEWS IN WORK IT IS ACTUALLY "put my thing down flip it and reverse it" BACKWARDS pic.twitter.com/CI1fr83g7B— Sydney Finchum (@sydneyfinchum) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsMind blown @MissyElliott pic.twitter.com/kKVCuNLbMj— stranger danger (@whosalanalynne) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsRT @NikoUgly: Wait, this whole time @MissyElliott really flipped it and reversed it? IM DONE..... pic.twitter.com/kJtyYdnOr8— Onedee_ (@onedee53) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsHot take coming through and idc who I insult w/ it. "Fucking duh." https://t.co/RJq7mGAUfQ— ihatepickingnames (@poornamepicker) March 24, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The All Time Steamiest Songs From Movie Sex ScenesThese Are The Most Popular Songs Of The WeekThese Are The Best Karaoke Songs Of All Time

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The All Time Steamiest Songs From Movie Sex Scenes

The art of the playlist is hard to master. Does this party playlist strike an appropriate balance between ironic oldies and songs that’ll be popular in six months? Does this wedding playlist have tracks that Great Aunt Ethel can dance to? While matching music to occasion is always a challenge, there's no playlist more precarious than the one designed for the bedroom.If you’re on the quest for the perfect boudoir jams, you can learn a thing or to from filmmakers who have faced the same task. What’s the song with just the right amount of rhythm and energy to enhance the act, but not distract from it?Each of these steamy sex scenes is a filmmakers’ attempt to answer that question. Although, when in doubt, remember: like a skeleton key, “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye is the perfect song to fit any mood. Put it on all your playlists, bedroom or otherwise.Read These Stories Next: Happy Songs That Will Instantly Put You In A Good MoodThe Saddest Breakup Songs Of All TimeThe Hottest Movie Sex Scenes, Ever (NSFW)[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhT5pHmBBuU]Movie: Watchmen(2009)Song: “Hallelujah” by Leonard CohenWhy you should play it in the bedroom: May Leonard Cohen's gravely voice rumble around you; may "Hallelujah's" romantic lyrics carry you toward bedroom-based enlightenment.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvyCMgAajqk]Movie: Ghost(1990)Song: “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous BrothersWhy you should play it in the bedroom: We have "Unchained Melody" to thank for transitioning pottery-based foreplay into some steamy sex. If it worked for Patrick and Demi, it'll work for you.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf_oMbS4XxM]Movie: Top Gun(1986)Song: "Take My Breath Away" by BerlinWhy you should play it in the bedroom: Anyone who says that sappy songs from the '80 don't belong in bed doesn't belong in your life.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEDz4inJaAo]Movie: Road House(1989)Song: " These Arms of Mine" by Otis ReddingWhy you should play it in the bedroom: King of the romantic sex scene, Patrick Swayze pulls it off yet again with this wildly romantic soul song. When in doubt, just follow Patrick's lead — and his taste in music.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWNHfw9W5aQ]Movie: American Psycho(2000)Song: "Sussudio" by Phil CollinsWhy you should play it in the bedroom: Clearly we don't condone anything about the way Patrick Bateman lives his life, but we'll give it to him: Phil Collins definitely brings quite a burst of energy.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKOpN1Q4fNQ]Movie: Risky Business(2000)Song: "Love on a Real Train" by Tangerine DreamWhy you should play it in the bedroom: As this ambient song accompanied Tom Cruise on his locomotive-based sexual exploits, so too will it help you chug along.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=377b416Ux7c]Movie: Cruel Intentions(2000)Song: “Colorblind” by Counting CrowsWhy you should play it in the bedroom: This tender Counting Crows song almost masks the fact that Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) is seducing Annette (Reese Witherspoon) for a wager. Ah, the power of music.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Zdz61iSLo]Movie: Stranger Than Fiction(2006)Song: "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless EricWhy you should play it in the bedroom: The song may be repetitive, but having a British punk singer earnestly declare his love for someone is a message worth hearing over and over again.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mtp5jTE0XA]Movie: Fast Times at Ridgemont High(1982)Song: "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson BrowneWhy you should play it in the bedroom: Jackson Browne's smooth voice drips like melted chocolate, which is, as you well know, a noted aphrodisiac.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?We Finally Know What Missy Elliott Was Saying In "Work It" These Are The Most Popular Songs Of The WeekThese Are The Best Karaoke Songs Of All Time

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These Are The Most Popular Songs Of The Week

Is anything better than plugging in your headphones, firing up your music app of choice, and jamming out to that brand-new song you're obsessed with?Don't get me wrong; I love my go-to playlists. The classics are great. But something amazing happens when I hear an awesome new track for the first time. I am filled with anticipation, enthusiasm, and pure bliss as I wonder to myself, Will the chorus be as good as the hook? or Wait — did I just discover my new favorite artist?!?New music is one of the best mood-boosters ever to me, and I want to share it with you. So each week, I'm pulling together the most popular (as in, they have over 100K listens within the first few days of their release) and most exciting new music out there for you to turn on, tune in, drop out to.Let's get listening. If you have any new pieces of musical gold, leave a link in the comments below. And be sure to check next Friday for a whole new slew of songs.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLDfxR7lZCk]"The Heart Part 4" — Kendrick LamarKendrick Lamar first teased this new, impressive and very-Kendrick single on his Instagram page, and also hints that a new album will drop April 7.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cie140M_Wjo]"Light My Body Up" — David Guetta feat Nicki Minaj & Lil WayneAre you in the market for a new song to pregame too? Here you go![youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qJp6xlKEug]"Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)" — GorillazThere is a new Gorillaz project and music in the works. It's as odd as you'd imagine.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFCqp6I2lcs]"Moon In Your Mouth" — GoldfrappAiry and breathless, this is the kind of song you wind down to after a long day.Like this post? There's more. Get tons of celebrity news, fun takes on pop culture, and trending stories on the Refinery29 Entertainment Facebook page.Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?We Finally Know What Missy Elliott Was Saying In "Work It" The All Time Steamiest Songs From Movie Sex ScenesThese Are The Best Karaoke Songs Of All Time

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