Did Miley Cyrus help ‘twerk’ land in the dictionary? – USA TODAY

If you haven’t seen enough of Miley Cyrus twerking at Sunday’s MTV VMAs, hang on — you might be seeing her picture next to the word “twerk” in a dictionary one day.

Quartz reports that Oxford Dictionaries Online is including “twerk” in its latest update of phrases that have recently come into general use. (“Twerk” won’t go in the Oxford University Press’ venerable Oxford English Dictionary just yet, Quartz reports, but it’s only a matter of time, right?)

The ODO defines “twerk” as a verb meaning to “dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

However you define it, there’s no denying that Cyrus has been pushing the dance into the public’s consciousness ever since March, when a video of her twerking in a unicorn costume went viral.

Of course, she wasn’t the first to twerk. Headline News has a brief history of the dance.


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