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article imageBritain's Oxford Dictionary adds 'twerk' and 'selfie'

By Layne Weiss     Aug 28, 2013 in Odd News
The terms "twerk" and "selfie" have been around for quite sometime, but they are now official words according to Britain's Oxford Dictionaries.
Urban Dictionary defines "twerk" as "The rhythmic gyrating of the lower fleshy extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal or laughter in ones intended audience."
Now the word can be found in Britain's Oxford Dictionary. It is listed as a verb, The Associated Press reports.
The word has been around for years, but gained new attention at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards when singer Miley Cyrus performed the move.
"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," Katherine Connor Martin of Oxford Dictionaries says. "We think the most likely theory is that this is an alteration of work because the 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."
The word will be added as part of the dictionaries' quarterly update of "current English," adding terms that have been made popular in today's culture, CNN reports. Other words being added are "fauxhawk," (Think David Beckham), "Phablet,", and "Selfie,", which you'll find many of on Twitter and Instagram.
Oxford's official definition for "twerk": Twerk v.; "dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."
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