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Updated on May 24, 2020. Posted on Jun 2, 2017

14 Words That Meant Something Completely Different In The '00s

It was a very different time.

1. "Eyeshadow"

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What it means now: A natural-hued powder that adds definition to your eyes.

What it meant in the '00s: Getting into a fight with the colour "frosted purple" and losing.

2. "Shrug"

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What it means now: A gesture that indicates a lack of understanding.

What it meant in the '00s: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

3. "Tan"

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What it means now: A slight darkening of the skin achieved from sitting in the sun wearing adequate sun protection.

What it meant in the '00s: White people applying so much Johnson's Holiday Skin they went completely orange.

4. "Belt"

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What it means now: Traditional device for holding up your trousers.

What it meant in the '00s: Extraneous, very large accessory worn pointlessly over a top just below your boobs.

5. "Top"

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What it means now: Item of clothing worn on the upper half of the body which probably covers most of your torso and some of your arms.

What it meant in the '00s: If it covered your nipples, it was good to go.

6. "Eyebrows"

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What it means now: Two strong, dark sweeps of facial hair that frame your eyes.

What it meant in the '00s: Literally just nine hairs in a line on your forehead.

7. "Tie"

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What it means now: Piece of colourful material worn around the neck, mostly by men.

What it meant in the '00s: A belt for some reason.

8. "Cardigan"

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What it means now: Cosy, enveloping woolen garment useful for keeping you warm on cold days.

What it meant in the '00s: Incey wincey pincey shred of fabric worn around the shoulders, fastened with no more than three buttons, leaving the wearer highly vulnerable to cold draughts.

9. "Highlights"

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What it means now: Subtle use of bleach to achieve effect of naturally sun-kissed hair.

What it meant in the '00s: What would happen if a wizard put a spell on a zebra and turned it into a human.

10. "Tracksuit"

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What it means now: Practical attire worn while exercising.

What it meant in the '00s: Completely legitimate outfit for a glam night out.

11. "Jacket"

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What it means now: Practical overgarment worn for warmth in the spring and summer months.

What it meant in the '00s: Utterly pointless piece of material that kept a cool breeze off your upper back and sideboob, but left literally everywhere else on your body exposed.

12. "Lipstick"

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What it means now: Colourful makeup product applied to the lips.

What it meant in the '00s: Covering your mouth in foundation so your lips blended in seamlessly with your face.

13. "Tights"

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What it means now: Black Lycra sheaths used to cover your legs during winter.

What it meant in the '00s: Colourful footless sheaths worn to jazz up your legs all year round.

14. "Jeans"

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What it means now: Denim trousers.

What it meant in the '00s: Whatever the fuck you wanted it to mean.