If you’ve ever turned on a radio or been in a public place, then you’ve probably heard Missy Elliott’s hit song “Work It.” The 2002 track was HUGE, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and winning an MTV VMA for Video of the Year. You couldn’t go to any good party or school dance without hearing it.
Back then, Elliott was well known for producing hits with her partner Timbaland (before he started making hits with Justin Timberlake), and while the duo was behind Aaliyah and Elliott’s 1997 jam “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” nothing was quite as big — or had a shelf life as long — as “Work It.” Proof? All these years later, the song is back in the news.
One of the lyrics of the chorus is “I put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it,” which is followed by a line that is unintelligible. Or at least it was…until now. BuzzFeed broke the “news” that the nonsense lyrics had been revealed. And what is that mystery lyric? Well, you’ve already seen it…it’s the line we just told you! “Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I.”
Yeah, that’s right. It’s the same line — flipped and reversed! Predictably, the internet freaked out as soon as this mystery was solved.
On the other hand, a lot of people were already in the know and threw some serious shade at those who weren’t.
Even Missy herself got in on the gag!
Since the song did come out over a decade ago (wow, that makes us feel old) there really is no excuse for not knowing this. That’s why Google exists. But alas — you live and you learn. And on the bright side, it’s nice to know there’s still a little ~mystery~ left in this world.