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‘Twerking’ Becomes An Official Word

August 29, 2013


Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO), an accredited online database, added a new list of words today such as selfie, badassery, unlike, and yes- twerking.

Here’s how ODO defines this outrageous pelvic parade:

“Twerking (verb): A dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

But don’t get it twisted. According to the Oxford University Press, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a dictionary filled with historical words, terms, and phrases that dates back to the 15th century and proclaims itself as one of the world’s trusted dictionaries.

On the other hand, the ODO, which added the word “Bootylicious” to its database in 2006, mainly focuses on contemporary English words and phrases. They also differ in the duration of time it takes for words to get accepted into the OED versus the ODO.


Although they come from the same Oxford family, the ODO is the illiterate potty-mouthed sibling that officially became a new member of the twerk team.

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