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‘Twerk’ Added To Oxford Dictionary

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It was a
dance move made famous by Miley Cyrus – and now, “twerk” is among 500
words which have been added to the latest edition of the Oxford English
Dictionary.

Following
twerking’s successful infiltration into popular culture, the dictionary’s
definition describes it as “dancing in a sexually provocative manner, using
thrusting movements of the bottom and hips while in a low, squatting
stance”.
For new
words to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary, they need to have been
frequently used in newspapers and novels for at least 10 years.
Although
“twerking” may only seem to have entered the modern lexicon in the
past couple of years, according to the Oxford team, the word’s origins has been
traced back to the 19th century.

Other new dictionary
entries are;

Cisgender –
designating a person whose sense of personal identity matches their gender at
birth
Guerrilla –
describing activities carried out in an irregular and spontaneous way
Gimmick – to
mean “a night out with friends”.
Twitterati –
describing users of the social media service Twitter
Fo’ shizzle
– meaning “for sure”.
“Meh”,
an interjection expressing lack of enthusiasm, has also been included in the
Oxford English Dictionary.