Rent Free In My Head

What does it mean?

Often pops up in my thoughts

Ever found yourself thinking about something or someone constantly? That’s what ‘Rent Free In My Head’ means. It’s a phrase used to describe something or someone that has taken up permanent residence in your thoughts, and won’t be leaving anytime soon.

This term was first used by advice columnist Jane Saunders. She used it to describe negative feelings towards someone. According to her, if you’re holding onto resentment, you’re allowing that person to live in your head rent-free.

But with the rise of social media, the meaning of this phrase has evolved. It’s no longer limited to just negative emotions or thoughts. Today, users on platforms like Twitter or TikTok often use it to talk about memorable videos, adorable pets, or attractive celebrities that they can’t stop thinking about.

So, if something is stuck in your mind, for good or bad, you can say it’s living ‘Rent Free In Your Head’.

Example for using ‘Rent Free In My Head’ in a conversation

Hey, have you seen that new movie yet?

OMG, yes! It’s so good! The main actor is living rent free in my head now.

Haha, I know what you mean. I can’t stop thinking about it either.

Right? It’s like every scene is stuck in my mind, rent free!