Posted: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
By Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
twerk (v.): to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance"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," said Oxford Dictionary's Katherine Connor Martin. "We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to 'work it.' The 't' could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch." Twerk will be joined by other new entries like "selfie," "digital detox," and "badassery." While under the same umbrella, Oxford Dictionaries Online is not the same as the more traditional Oxford English Dictionary. The OED is historically based as opposed to modern-day usage.