‘Twerk’,’Selfie’ Added To Online Oxford English Dictionary


“Twerk”, a provocative dance move,
and “selfie” a photograph taken of
oneself using a phone, are two new
words added to the Oxford English
Dictionary on Wednesday. Srsly.
The dictionary has included words
such as “twerk”, “selfie”, “buzzworthy,”
“srsly,” “phablet” and the social media
meaning of the verb “unlike” in its
latest quarterly update to reflect the
increasing use of technology and social
Spokeswoman Katherine Connor
Martin said the dictionary, which is
one of the largest dictionaries in the
world and dates back 150 years, adds
about 1,000 new entries to its online
version every year.
She said the word “twerk” has been
around for 20 years but has generated
enough evidence of usage to be added
to its online dictionaries with U.S. pop
star Miley Cyrus hitting headlines this
week for “twerking” at the MTV Video
Music Awards.
Arising in the early 1990s, the word is
described in the dictionary as “a dance
to popular music in a sexually
provocative manner involving
thrusting hip movements and a low,
squatting stance”.
“The current public reaction to
twerking is reminiscent in some ways
of how the twisting craze was regarded
in the early 1960s, when it was first
popularized by Chubby Checker’s song,
‘The Twist’,” said Connor Martin.
“Only time will tell if twerking will
similarly be embraced by the general
Other words such as “unlike”, the
withdrawal of approval on social
media, “digital detox”, where a person
refrains from using smartphones or
computers, and “fomo” or fear of
missing out – anxiety that an
interesting event may be happening
elsewhere, have also been added.
“Omnishambles”, a situation that has
been comprehensively mismanaged,
characterized by a string of blunders
and miscalculations is also among the
new entries, originating from the
British political comedy TV series “The
Thick of It”.
The full list of words is: apols, A/W,
babymoon, balayage, bitcoin, blondie,
buzzworthy, BYOD, cake pop,
chandelier earring, click and collect,
dappy, derp, digital detox, double
denim, emoji, fauxhawk, FIL, flatform,
FOMO, food baby, geek chic, girl crush,
grats, guac, hackerspace, Internet of
things, jorts, LDR, me time, MOOC,
omnishambles, pear cider, phablet,
pixie cut, selfie, space tourism, squee,
srsly, street food, TL;DR, twerk and

Copyright © 2013, Reuters

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