鈥90s babies, you鈥檙e going to get the answer to a mystery that we KNOW has been haunting you for the last two decades: What on earth is a 鈥渮ig-a-zig-ah鈥?

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The unspecified item of Scary Spice Girl Mel B鈥檚 desires in the girl group鈥檚 breakout 1996 jam, 鈥淲annabe鈥 鈥 you know, the thing she she 鈥渞eally really鈥 wants? 鈥 just got defined by one of the song鈥檚 co-writers. And you will seriously never, ever guess the inside story that sparked the seemingly nonsensical lyric.

According to the unnamed insider, who spoke with the Daily Star, zig-a-zig-ah was almost certainly inspired by the phrase 鈥淪**t and cigars.鈥 Say what?

The backstory has to do with the Shoreditch studio that the Spice Girls shared with a number of other recording artists, including Orbital and the Chemical Brothers. Also using the recording facilities was 鈥渢his one 鈥80s pop dude鈥 who had 鈥渢his nasty habit of taking a dump in the shared [bathroom] while smoking a cigar, so we took to referring to him as 鈥楽**t and Cigars.鈥欌

Now, imagine the way that the phrase 鈥楽**t and cigars鈥 would sound in a Yorkshire accent. IT ALL COMES TOGETHER. Anyway, legend has it that the phrase worked its way into Mel B鈥檚 psyche, got a little modification, and boom. The rest is history (or, should we say, s**tstory). We can honestly say we never, ever would have guessed.

Did you see this poopy backstory coming? Do tell us @britandco!

(h/t Refinery 29. Photo via Brenda Chase/Hulton Archive-Getty)