Miley Cyrus’ dance move will now be included in the latest revision of Oxford Dictionaries Online.
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In the latest celebrity update, ‘Twerking’, the raunchy dance that set tongues wagging when enthusiastically performed by the former child star Miley Cyrus at the MTV awards, is one of the new terms to make the newest Oxford dictionary update.
The 20 years old left audience members gob-smacked when she bent over and gyrated provocatively with singer Robin Thicke on his hit single “Blurred Lines”.
In fact, the moves, borrowed from US hip-hop culture, have been colloquially known as twerking for around 20 years but the term has now received officially recognition after being included in the newest revision of Oxford Dictionaries Online.
“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,” Kathrine Connor Martin, from Oxford Dictionaries Online, explained.
Meanwhile, other new words recognized by the English language gate keeper include “selfie”, for a self-photograph taken on a mobile phone, online currency “Bitcoin” and “hackerspace”.