Twerking: Oxford’s newest addition. The raunchy butt-wagging dance, now to be known to all as a mainstream word, was demonstrated to millions of viewers by Disney-gone-bad girl Miley Cyrus last Sunday during her shocking performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Her raised rear has earned her moves a spot in the Oxford Dictionaries Online, reports Yahoo! News on Aug. 27.
Twerking, a term borrowed from hip-hop culture, has been around for decades, but all it takes is a celebrity doing a jaw dropping bend and grind for the term to be rocketed to the top in search engines.
Katherine Connor Martin, from Oxford Dictionaries Online, said the noun “twerk” and its related forms now have enough usage to be included in the prestigious dictionary.
“By last year, it had generated enough currency to be added to our new words watch list, and by this spring, we had enough evidence of usage frequency in a breadth of sources to consider adding it to our dictionaries of current English,” explained Connor Martin.
While Connor Martin was careful to say "spring," there is no denying that Cryus was involved, both then and now. In March, a video went viral of the teen icon twerking around in a unicorn outfit.
In other words, enough people saw Cyrus’ filthy buttock blast, seen here, so that the scholars at Oxford can go ahead and approve the word for accepted usage in our lexicon.
Here is how the ODO defines the word:
"Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."
And then of course, we have the example sentence:
"Just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song; twerk it girl, work it girl."
What is this world coming to?