The word “twerk” has been used in black/minority/urban (even though I hate using that word) culture for numerous years but since the word has become a mainstream staple in recent months, it has taken up a whole new phenomenon. Thanks in part to Miley Cyrus‘ VMA performance (she even has a new song that debuted today with Lil’ Twist and Justin Bieber called “Twerk”…overkill, we know.), the word “twerk” has now found its way into the English language and mainstream news realm as ABC News devoted an article recently to the science of “twerking”. According to the Oxford Dictionary, “twerk” is a “dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”Oxford Dictionaries’ Katherine Connor Martin said “twerk” originated about two decades ago and is used widely enough to warrant an entry. LMAO, yup. In celebration of “twerk” being added to the English language we blessed you all with the classic “Back That Azz Up” video which involves tons of gyrating.
[via NBC News]