Good News for Miley Cyrus - Twerking Added To Oxford Dictionary
Posted by AJ Grey on 08.28.2013
Bad news for the English language...
The BBC reports that "twerking", the dance move that Miley Cyrus performed at the MTV VMAs, is one of several words added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford Dictionaries Online said the hip-hop oriented word had become more visible in the past year.
Other words added include omnishambles, digital detox, vom, girl crush, dappy and selfie. Omnishambles was named word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary in 2012. The word means a situation that is shambolic (disorderly or chaotic) from every possible angle. It was created in 2009 by the writers of the BBC series The Thick of It. Katherine Connor Martin from Oxford Dictionaries said "twerk" has been known in US hip-hop for 20 years.
She said: "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. There are many theories about the origin of this word, and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure. The current public reaction to twerking is reminiscent in some ways of how the twisting craze was regarded in the early 1960s, when it was first popularized by Chubby Checker's song, The Twist."
Cyrus' performance saw her "twerking" with singer Robin Thicke to his song "Blurred Lines". Several people complained, including the PTC.
Around 1000 new words are added to Oxford Dictionaries Online every year.