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18 Words That Had A Totally Different Meaning In The ’00s

Let’s go back in time.

1. “Best friends”.

What it usually means: Your closest friends.

What it meant in the ’00s: The friends that made your top 8 on MySpace.

2. “WooHoo.”

What it usually means: An exclamation of excitement.

What it meant in the ’00s: Sims having sex.

3. “Boys”.

What it usually means: Young men.

What it meant in the ’00s: Mythical creatures girls never met, but spent hours “flirting” with on MSN.

4. “Selfie”.

What it usually means: A photograph you take of yourself, typically using a smart phone.

What it meant in the ’00s: Your grainy webcam photograph taken from a 45° angle and used as your MSN profile picture.

5. “Getting ready”.

What is usually means: Showering, getting dressed and putting on make up before a night out.

What it meant in the ’00s: Crimping your hair and applying Barry M glitter eye shadow to your face with a trowel before a school disco.

6. “Harry Potter”.

What it usually means: The main character in a series of fantasy novels written by J. K. Rowling.

What it meant in the ’00s: The teenage wizard you dedicated weeks of your life to, in the form of queuing for books, reading said books and then repeating the whole process when the film came out.

7. “Skins”.

What it usually means: Rolling papers.

What it meant in the ’00s: An aspirational TV drama, which made you wish you were cooler than you actually were.

8. “Lobster”.

What it usually means: A large marine crustacean.

What it meant in the ’00s: The guy you hadn’t yet met but knew you’d end up with.

9. “Snogging”.

What it usually means: Kissing and cuddling amorously.

What it meant in the ’00s: Kissing, according to a ten part scale including the stages neck nuzzling, upper body fondling and below waist activity.

10. “Princess”.

What it usually means: The daughter of a monarch.

What it meant in the ’00s: Your destiny, once you married Prince William.

11. “Orange”.

What it usually means: A juicy, round citrus fruit.

What it meant in the ’00s: The colour you turned when you used too much fake tan or drank too much Sunny Delight.

12. “Snake”.

What it usually means: A long limbless reptile.

What it meant in the ’00s: The best game your Nokia 3310 had to offer.

13. “Hear say”.

What it usually means: The legal term for testimony in a court proceeding where the witness only knows the asserted fact from being told by someone.

What it meant in the ’00s: The greatest pop band to have ever existed.

14. “Rebel”.

What it usually means: A person who rises in opposition against an established leader.

What it meant in the ’00s: What you were every time you wore your Tammy tee that said “Rebel” on the front and back.

15. “Charity”.

What it usually means: The voluntary giving of help.

What it meant in the ’00s: Buying a wristband to support a cause you didn’t really understand and then wearing it alongside 25 other wristbands from causes you didn’t really understand.

16. “Shout”.

What it usually means: A loud cry expressing a strong emotion.

What it meant in the ’00s: The magazine that taught you everything you needed to know about periods, boys and the rest of the world.

17. “Green”.

What it usually means: The colour between blue and yellow in the spectrum.

What it meant in the ’00s: The colour your ears turned if you wore Claire’s Accessories earrings for too long.

18. “Lindsay Lohan”.

What it usually means: A troubled girl who just needs a big hug.

What it meant in the ’00s: A promising young actress with her life ahead of her.

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