A few times a year, it’s nearly impossible to go through life without hearing or seeing the words “Mercury in retrograde.” During this period, which lasts about three weeks, Mercury seemingly moves backward when viewed from Earth (though it’s actually just an optical illusion). According to astrologists, this can cause a deluge of misfortune. At some point, one genius decided to rebrand Mercury in retrograde as Mercury in reggaeton to explain why you’re likely having a trash week.
Though it’s not clear who coined the phrase (it dates back to at least late 2016 on Twitter), all we know is we’re thankful it’s now part of our lives. As we get through this difficult period together (it ends on April 15), just know you’re not alone. Here are a few people who are having the worst time because Mercury is in reggaeton.