‘twerk’ and ‘selfie’ added to Oxford Online Dictionary

Hands up anyone who had to look up the word ‘twerk’ the other day after the Miley performance on the VMA’s ? C’mon, admit it, if you’re my vintage, you probably did.

Acknowledging to myself that this would be ‘at my own peril’ I opened up Google and gingerly typed in the phrase ‘what is twerking?’ Not that I would probably need these terms in my line of work, but you never know.

A couple of days ago, the search result was a matter-of-fact video demo, which I must admit cleared things up significantly for me.

Thankfully now, I see now that the Oxford Online has added ‘twerking’ and ‘selfie’ and a heap of other new terms to help us oldies out. And really great is that they have also helped us out with definitions for some other non-obvious expressions like:

  • derp (happens all the time)
  • me time (Kath Day-Knight reference?)
  • BYOD (Bring your own device)
  • FOMO (see if you can guess that one)
  • omnishambles (my personal favourite!)

Anyway, if you’re still in any doubt about what ‘twerking’ is then click here for a bit of a giggle. It’s Morgan Freeman on the news yesterday, he was kind of ‘punked’ into reading the definition for viewers. And then there is qz.com’s definition:

twerking: v. you’ll know it when you see it.

Now, what did Michael McLure say? “Back t’werk.”

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