‘Twerk’ Will Officially Be Added to the Dictionary

The term ‘twerk’ will be added to the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. And apparently they’re claiming the term only extends back to 1820. You can blame your girl Miley Cyrus for this one.

Here’s what Yahoo reports:

“Twirk” was initially used to describe a “twisting or jerking movement.” It eventually was used as a verb and first spelled as “twerk” in 1901. “We are confident that it is the same origins as the dance. There has been constant use up into the present day to mean that same thing,” Yahoo’s senior editor Fiona McPherson says. She also said they were shocked the word “twerk” was that old.


Umm…I’m no twerkologist, but I’m pretty certain twerking has its origins in Africa.

Sure it wasn’t called “twerk,” but let’s give the “twisting or jerking movement” it’s proper due, shall we?

OED will define “twerk” as “dancing in a sexually provocative manner, using thrusting movements of the bottom and hips while in a low, squatting stance.”

Umm side-eye. I can twerk standing, too, OED. Thank you very much! 

The terms “FLOTUS” and “webisode” will also be added to the OED. No “fleek” addition? Blasemphy!

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva is the founder of Jawbreaker, which she plans on turning into an intergalactic all-girl army that will someday storm the streets of the world in studded bras and Tom Ford boots. She recently took up archery and collects more books than shoes.