You might want to hold on to your parents while they watch the news tonight as “twerk” is now an official entry in the Oxford dictionaries, along with “selfie.”
“Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance,” reads the official entry on the Oxford Dictionary Online.
While Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance could be credited with introducing the greater pop culture audience to the butt-shaking dance move, Oxford Dictionaries’ Katherine Connor Martin says “twerking” has actually been around for two decades.
“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,’” Martin told the the Associated Press. ”The ‘T’ could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.”
The news may not be all facepalms. Considering that the Oxford English Dictionary is more historically focused (whereas its online counterpart, Oxford Dictionaries Online, focuses on “modern usage”), “twerk” probably won’t become an official addition to its books. Although, we can hope that its online version includes a gif of Miley’s VMA performance in its entry to help document the human nature, of course.
[Via The Toronto Star]