But Why? “Twerk” And “Selfie” Added To The Dictionary

August 28, 2013  |  

We promise this will be our last story on twerking for a while, we just need to vent on all the nonsense surrounding the term for a while. The day after ABC released its groundbreaking medical report on the science of twerking, Oxford Dictionary has decided this is a word that somehow needs to be added to our lexicon, right along with “selfie” and 63 other terms that make a bit more sense than these two — excluding “badassery” and “food baby” (WTF?).

The definitions for these three suspect phrases, as provided by TIME magazine (cross referenced by News Feed) are as follows:

twerk (v.): to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance See: things you do at da club; Miley Cyrus’ recent performance at the MTV Video Music Awards

selfie (n.): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. See: Anthony Weiner circa 2013

badassery (n.): behavior, characteristics, or actions regarded as intimidatingly tough or impressive. SeeSeal Team 6; people saving other people from sharks; most things done by Samuel L. Jackson

buzzworthy (adj.): likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public. See: a notorious dictator resigning; Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; Kate Middleton wearing a hat of any kind

food baby (n.): a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy. See: most Americans on the fourth Thursday in November; unfortunate situations in which a woman is mistakenly assumed to be with child

I never thought I’d be standing up for the twerk team YouTubers but geez, if you’re going to reference something in a social context, can you at least go back to the original source Oxford? Actually I’m sure the dance goes back even further than that, as HLN discovered in their anthropological expose, but rest assured the one thing we all know is historically certain is that Miley Cyrus is not the originator, nor an accurate representation of the dance (if one is needed). And I’d bet money she started her replication of twerking after catching the twerk team in a video online.

Truthfully, I’m surprised the Harlem Shake didn’t pop up as a song by American electronic musician Baauer in the dictionary’s new quarterly entries. For once it would just be nice to get a little credit for something as black people, even if it is something as nonessential as twerking. Or better yet, we could leave it out of the dictionary altogether.


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