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'Twerk' Is Now Officially A Word

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Well, in case you still haven't heard, the Oxford English Dictionaries online (ODO) has added the word "twerk" to its definitions.

Chances are you wont see a picture of Miley Cyrus next to the word, although maybe that would be one way of defining it.

To be clear "twerk" wont go in the print version of the Oxford English Dictionary just yet, but it may only be a matter of time...

The ODO defines "twerk" as a verb, meaning to "dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."

Now, Cyrus isn't the first to do this move, as many have pointed out, the dance move has been around for a decades, but now it has officially gone mainstream and Cyrus certainly has been working hard (or shall I say twerking hard) to get noticed.

When I heard about it this morning, I just shook my head and thought- what in the world? What is the world coming to? Well, I still don't have an answer to that...

But I do know this - Cyrus' twerking is getting way too much coverage  (I realize I am adding to that coverage as I writing this, but in my defense I am only interested in the fact that the ODO is actually acknowledging this word).

It also seems like you can't talk about the word, without mentioning the woman who has become associated with that word.

For the record, and for what it's worth, I really don't like the word. I don't like saying it... at all.

A part of me thought it makes sense to have it in the Urban Dictionary (which is worth looking up by the way, some of the definitions are pretty entertaining), but to include it in the Oxford Dictionary gave it attention it didn't deserve.

Where is the integrity here?

But to be fair, Oxford Dictionaries Online does focus on modern usage and the reality is, as much as I wish it wasn't the case, "twerk" is now a word many use. Whether Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards sped up the process of adding the word to the definition is still questionable, one thing is clear, many are talking about it. Yes many.

Here's the good news in all of this - when your grandmother asks you what "twerk" means, you can now avoid the uncomfortable conversation (maybe even demo) and just direct her to the definition online. If she is still confused, then just have her watch Cyrus' performance and she'll get the point. Just be considerate and give a little warning, before you traumatize her.

By the way "phablet" and "selfie" also made it into the Oxford Dictionaries Online. And only recently "tweet" was added as an official word.  Here's a more complete list on the new words released in August 2013.

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