It’s been three days since Miley Cyrus performed on the MTV VMA stage wearing a nude bathing suit and “twerked” among a group of her dancers and then in front of Robin Thicke’s crotch. Though many have pointed out that the dance moves that Miley did on stage at the 2013 Video Music Awards should not be considered twerking, it looks as if she has helped the word to be included in the respected Oxford English Dictionary.
Katherine Connor Martin from Oxford Dictionaries confirmed the inclusion of the word “twerk” stating “We had enough evidence of usage frequency in a breadth of sources to consider adding it to our dictionaries of current English.”
It is worth noting that she acknowledges that the word had been present for “around 20 years” in Hip Hop culture.
“Twerk” is defined as a verb in the online version of the Oxford Dictionary and as follows:
Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance:
Just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song
twerk it girl, work it girl
The timing of the inclusion of the word twerk and Miley Cyrus’ dancing on stage at the VMAS being identified as twerking can’t be coincidental. A word that has been used for decades and a dance move that has been popular in Hip Hop culture didn’t get this much attention until Miley showed interest in it.
Those hoping for the twerk craze to die down will have to wait a little longer as it seems the term has gone mainstream in more ways than ever imagined.
Thoughts? What do you think about the new addition of “twerk” to Oxford’s English Dictionary? Are you for or against it? What are your thoughts on words created in Hip Hop and capitalized on outside of the genre?