‘Twerk’ and ‘Selfie’ Added to Oxford Dictionary

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013

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Turns out Miley Cyrus’ efforts to turn “twerking” into a mainstream dance have actually paid off. This week, the Associated Press announced that the word will officially join the Oxford Dictionary. According to Katherine Connor Martin, who represents Oxford, the term is decades old with no clear origin.

“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,” she shares.

‘Selfie’ is also a new addition being described as a “pouty smartphone self portrait” and “digital detox” from social media. Both words are part of Oxford’s quarterly update and will also appear on Oxford Dictionary Online, which focuses on “modern” words.

Check out the official “twerk” definition below and let us know if you think it’s accurate.

“Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

Photo Credit: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

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