This is a part of a song named Fools by Australian singer Troye Sivan. I don’t get the meaning of the third line. I get the literal meaning of stick and aerosol, but I don’t think a piece of wood and some pressurized liquid makes any sense here. So what are stick and aerosol, then?

Oh, our lives don’t collide, I’m aware of this
The differences and impulses and your obsession with
the little things: you like stick, and I like aerosol

  • Link to the entire lyrics?
    – Mitch
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 13:19
  • @Mitch It might be more helpful to have the actual song: youtu.be/vfD96yRT8cs?t=1m26s I think it's easier to understand why whoever wrote the song chose "aerosol" instead of "spray".
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jan 27, 2018 at 2:09

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Stick and aerosol are two different types of deodorant:

Stick deodorant (courtesy of wikipedia.org)
(source: wikimedia.org)
Spray deodorant (courtesy of wikipedia

Personally I'd call aerosol deodorants "spray" deodorants instead, which tallies with the articles you get when you google is aerosol deodorant better than stick?.

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    I have a hunch that Americans tend to say "aerosol" rather than "spray" for deodorants. Your Google is probably British.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 12:31
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    And Troye Sivan himself has lived in Australia since age 2, so don't ask what Americans say.
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 13:03
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    @Mari-LouA I think Americans tend to use "spray" as well because aerosol is a mouthful. It's probably just that aerosol just fit better with the rhythm than "spray": youtu.be/vfD96yRT8cs?t=1m26s
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 13:16
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    I'll dare to speak for Americans: we're more likely to say "spray" than aerosol. (Sorry, but this has me laughing.)
    – Bread
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 13:18
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    @ColleenV - A mouthful of aerosol is definitely something to be avoided ;)
    – AndyT
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 14:42

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