When you thought you’ve seen or read it all, something new pops up. Twerking has made its way into the Oxford dictionary. The twerking “phenomenon” hit
white America huge this summer. Grandma’s were twerking at cookouts. Little girls were half-naked twerking on YouTube. I can’t forget to mention the men and their twerking abilities. And then there was Miley. Doing what she thought was called twerking. But let’s not forget the people who made the dance “popular” in their songs. Southern artists like Project Pat and the Ying Yang twins also rapped about twerking before it became the “in” thing to do. Let’s also not forget the similarities in dances that originated from African countries.
From the Associated Press:
Oxford Dictionaries‘ Katherine Connor Martin said “twerking” was some two decades old.
“There are many theories about the origin of this word, and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure,” Martin said. “We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to ‘work it.’ The ‘t’ could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.”
“Twerk” will be added to the dictionary as part of its quarterly update, which includes words such as “selfie,” the word typically used to describe pouty smartphone self-portraits, “digital detox” for time spent way from Facebook and Twitter, and “Bitcoin,” for the nationless electronic currency whose gyrations have also caught the world’s eye.
Oxford Dictionaries is responsible for a range of reference works, including Oxford Dictionaries Online, which focuses on modern usage, and the historically-focused Oxford English Dictionary, which probably won’t be adding “twerk” to its venerable pages any time soon.
The definition: “Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”
Let’s see if we can use the new Oxford words in a one sentence.
“The woman took a selfie while she was twerking and sold it for 50 bitcoins on Ebay, but will now take a digital detox because she found out her boss bought it”.