It’s definitely the year of the twerk. Three days after Miley Cyrus paraded around like a bear going into epileptic shock, Oxford Dictionaries announced that “twerking” is officially a word.
Listed as a verb (informal, of course), Oxford defines the supposedly sultry move as:
[to] dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance: just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song
And as we know, there is nothing sexier than a low, squatting stance. (Notice how Oxford made no mention of how it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do while singing a song about date rape.)
The AP talked to Katherine Connor Martin of Oxford about the etymology of the word, and she said they believe “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.” They also think the word originated in the ’90s (even though the dance itself has been around far longer).
This is a move that makes sense. While seemingly everyone with a camera, mic or keyboard was weighing in on Miley’s performance, we couldn’t help but notice that Noam Chomsky was conspicuously silent. Now we can finally get some real insight.
Also, you now have a link you can give old people so you no longer have to explain exactly what twerking is, because that’s just icky. Win/win, really.
Maybe next they can add blumkin.