Miley Cyrus Made It Famous: 'Twerking' Added to the Oxford Dictionary
Aug 28, 2013 13:56
Yep, the next generation is doomed. "Twerking" has been added to Britain's Oxford Dictionaries.
Miley Cyrus' disastrous MTV VMA performance may have gotten the attention of many who have never heard of "twerking", but Oxford Dictionaries' Katherine Connor Martin says "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."
New words like "Twerk" and "selfie" will be added to the dictionary as part of its quarterly update. Here's the official definition of the verb "Twerk":
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