15 Metaphors You'll Only Understand If You're A Millennial

You probably shouldn't do it like they do on the Discovery Channel.

You probably shouldn't do it like they do on the Discovery Channel.

If you happen to be a millennial, you probably realize that the ways you communicate with your peers are a little... strange. Language has gotten to be pretty confusing and nonsensical -- after all, what the heck do "wrecking balls" have to do with emotions, and why does it smell like sex and candy?

Here are 15 metaphors from classic millennial songs, which more broadly include some classic "like" or "as" similes, along with our best guesses of an interpretation. Don't pretend you haven't used some of these before, and be sure to leave us your favorites in the comments.

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"Thong Song" - Sisqo: "Dumps" refers to a woman's butt, for some reason. "Like a truck" means ... large. Together they sound like dump truck. This still doesn't make sense, and has probably never been used since.


"I'm Like A Bird" - Nelly Furtado: Often misheard as, "I wanna fly away," this line is way deeper than you ever thought. You can't tie Furtado down!

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"Hey Ya!" - Outkast: While you can shake your butts, you're apparently not actually supposed to shake your Polaroids. When The Huffington Post asked André 3000 about what this meant, he replied, "I have no idea! In rap, lyric writing is what comes to mind, that was just the visual I had."


"Ice Ice Baby" - Vanilla Ice: In this line, Ice boasts about being able to beat, or "wax," any "chump," or loser, in a rap battle. Ice was lying.

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"Waterfalls" - TLC: This R&B trio was warning us not to go chasing things that are beautiful but might actually hurt you. Sometimes seemingly wonderful things can be powerful and unpredictable. Niagara Falls surprisingly wouldn't be the best partner.


"Wonderwall" - Oasis: We don't know what a wonderwall actually is, but we're willing to guess that it's a metaphor for something.

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"I Want It That Way" - The Backstreet Boys: A.J. always had a pyromaniac vibe to him.


"Bullet With Butterfly Wings" - Smashing Pumpkins: Vampires suck blood. The world sucks, in a more general sense. Pumpkins were trying to reference their status as "goth-kid" heroes and point out that we sometimes all live in a pretty sh*tty place.


"Your Body Is A Wonderland" - John Mayer: Your body is some psychedelic alternate reality that you need to go through a rabbit hole to get to?

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"The Bad Touch" - Bloodhound Gang: The Discovery Channel used to feature television shows about animals. Remember that? Well sometimes those animals mated. The Bloodhound Gang wanted to do it like these animals.


"Summer Girls" - LFO: In a song that makes absolutely zero sense, this simile is a rare lucid moment.


"Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-A-Lot: In possibly the most straightforward song of all time, the knight of mixing finds some poetic lyricism.


"Genie In A Bottle" - Christina Aguilera: A genie is a mythical creature that grants wishes to whomever frees it from its vessel. Aguilera wants you to free her by, er, "rubbing" her, so she can grant you some wishes, if ya know what she means.


"One Week" - Barenaked Ladies: I spy chicken meataphor, sprinkled in with some similes and other nonsensical storytelling.

"Milkshake" - Kelis: In the traditional sense, milkshakes are desserts that you drink. In this song, Kelis' "milkshake" is her body, which is sexy and will draw boys from all around. We don't really understand how this makes sense, but damn right, her milkshake is better than ours.

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