Thanks, Miley: Twerk, Selfie and Pixie Cut Added to the Oxford Dictionary
The Oxford Dictionaries Online has picked up twerk, selfie and pixie cut as official words. The long-esteemed Oxford English Dictionary's online edition does a quarterly update of "current English," adding terms that have been adopted by popular culture through common usage.
So how does one define twerk?
Twerk, verb Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.
Maybe it was Miley's booty-bouncing, twerk-tastic performance at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday (above) that landed the word some real legitimacy. Or, it might have been this guy.
God bless you ❤ pic.twitter.com/vlKvNGRY3sAlso joining the Oxford-certified club: fauxhawk (picture David Beckham's 'do), FOMO (fear of missing out), emoji, (smiles all around), phablet (phone+tablet), food baby (your belly post-Thanksgiving feast) as well as many abbreviations (e.g. apols, grats, vom). Yes, srsly.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 28, 2013
To help you remember how twerk came into pop culture consciousness, here is the first time Miley twerked, in a unicorn onesie, of course.