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Y2K originally referred to a futuristic aesthetic prevalent in popular culture from roughly 1997 to 2004, named after the Year 2000 problem which occurred in this era. However, the term has massively expanded since then due to misappropriation and semantic shift on social media, and this specific aesthetic is now retroactively known as Y2K Futurism.

Since the Early 2020s, Y2K became a broader term in scope, expanding to often describe the societal zeitgeist, pop culture, fashion, and technology from all of 2000–2009 rather than just 2000–2004, and this wider group of aesthetics described as Y2K has made a resurgence in popular culture and social media.

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