The singer might be trying to tell us he’s sticking around for a while.
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You’ve probably put sauce on a burger, steak, or sandwich in your day, or slathered chicken or ribs with a spicy mixture before throwing it on the grill. You’ve probably also had a glass or two of juice, whether fruit-based, vegetable-based and in a smoothie or in a cocktail. But have you ever thought about the difference between the two? That “juice versus sauce” delineation was the subject of a viral video back in 2017, and it popping up again thanks to Justin Timberlake’s latest album “Man of the Woods” which dropped this morning.

In June of last year, Gordon Terry, an employee at a Best Buy store in Indiana was recorded by his friend Luke in a video that was posted to Terry's Twitter account explaining the difference between the slang terms “juice” and “sauce.” And while many food words and symbols have been repurposed to have other non-food meanings, this pair is actually best described in terms of the foods they actually represent.

"Juice is temporary," Terry says in the video. "Anyone can obtain the juice... you can say that just 'cause you've got a nice car I'll be like 'ah man, he's got the juice.' It's something that kinda comes and goes. The sauce... the sauce is forever." While that sounds profound, what does "sauce" actually mean? Don't worry, Terry doesn't leave us hanging. "You buy you a Simply Lemonade, how long is that gonna last in your fridge? A couple days maybe? That's the juice. How long does barbecue sauce last in your fridge? A while. That's the sauce, man. It sticks around, it's thick—hard to move." And there you have it.

Part of Terry's explanation was snipped out to be the spoken-word intro to Timberlake's "Sauce," a track on the anticipated "Man of the Woods" album which is on sale today. While the song is devoid of any other food references, it does use Terry's refrigerator-inspired example as its jumping off point.

Rolling Stone interviewed Terry about his new-found fame (both post-viral video and now post-Timberlake reference) and what he thinks about the former *Nsync-er. "Of course he has the sauce. The sauce is the intangibles. It's the things you can't take away from someone. [...] No one can be out this long doing only this many songs and still sell out arenas and not have the sauce."