I think we can all agree that one of the best things to come out of the 2000s (I’m not talking about the Britney Meltdown) is Missy Elliot’s “Work It”. It was part of the brighter section of the 2000s, a silver lining.
And I think you’ll remember that there was a part in it that went something like ITYERPTIPENIPETZAHNYEH
The weird thing is…
You’re not exactly wrong. It is exactly what it sounds like, because that’s exactly what it is.
It sounded like she was trying to mimic the sound of a DJ scratching a record, but it actually had lyrical importance! She literally flipped it and reversed it!
When you realize she REALLY FLIPS IT AND REVERSE IT!!! pic.twitter.com/8NMozRsYmU
— AAMIA (@Mia143__) March 22, 2017
That’s right, she wasn’t kidding. She literally threw her thing down, flipped it, and reversed it, then freakin’ sang it.
The lyrics are “Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I”, the exact reverse of ‘I put my thing down flip it and reverse it”.
The internet is starting to realise it and people are losing their minds.
— a dub ? (@_lesbinastyy) March 23, 2017
Missy Elliot played us all, we were mumbling her lyrics out like idiots.
Missy Elliot is a damn genius…. had everyone out here mumbling for years
— Yolanda(: (@yolandaestrello) March 22, 2017
It’s a collective internet mind-break. April can probably give birth today and I would be still more amazed with how Missy E played us for nearly a decade without us figuring it out. How? Just how?
— Yonata (@_yonny1) March 23, 2017
EPIPHANY: 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
We are all shooketh, @sydneyfinchum, we are all shooketh.
And here we all are, unaffected and unphased by the most beautiful lyrical tapestries, but Missy Elliot blew our minds with basically nonesense.
I will never look at people singing the same way again. Even if their lyrics make no sense whatsoever, I’ll be damned if I let another Missy Elliot escape me. I’ll analyse it and scrutinise it and search up all translations of every song ever to make sure that it doesn’t take me a decade to find out that the singer who was making those nonsensical noises was actually saying something important and relevant.
My God. Missy Elliot really was one of the brighter parts of the 2000s, even though we’re proud of Brittany Spears for getting out of the hole she had accidentally dug herself in. Good on her, and hats off to Missy E.