Selfie and twerk are popular social media jargon but the terms have really caught on, so much so that people actually use the words in day-to-day life... so it was only a matter of time before they were officially added to a dictionary and given a definition... in English. On Aug. 28, Forbes reported that the Oxford Dictionary Online has added both words -- but it's their definitions that are somewhat entertaining (perhaps because they are spot on but desperately serious in a humorous way).
"'Twerk' probably originated in the 1990s as 'an alteration of work,'" read the explanation of the word. The definition, however, doesn't read: Miley Cyrus (sorry to disappoint). "Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."
Selfie has become quite popular since the invention of phone cameras and even more so with apps like Instagram. It only makes sense that the term actually gets some serious recognition. A selfie is defined as: "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." That's pretty legit.
Other words that can be found in the online dictionary include jorts, bitcoin, emoji, flatforms, and derp. Since a lot of people are finding themselves using this new lingo thanks to the influx of social media use, it makes sense that these words are getting real recognition... right?
Are selfie and twerk part of your regular vocabulary?
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