FOX NEWS – Twerking, the rump-busting up-and-down dance move long beloved on America's hip-hop scene, has officially gone mainstream. It's got the English dictionary to prove it.
Britain's Oxford Dictionaries said the rapid-fire gyrations employed by U.S. pop starlet Miley Cyrus to bounce her way to the top of the charts had become increasingly visible in the past 12 months and would be added to its publications under the entry: "Twerk, verb."
..."Twerk will be added to the dictionary as part of its quarterly update, which includes words such as "selfie," the word typically used to describe pouty smartphone self-portraits, "digital detox" for time spent away from Facebook and Twitter, and "Bitcoin," for the nationless electronic currency whose gyrations have also caught the world's eye.
As an English major in college, I met a lot of people that were snobbish about only using the Oxford English Dictionary. Professors would often say things like, "The only acceptable definition is one taken from the O.E.D."
Well, it turns out that the O.E.D. is on the same level as Urban Dictionary. Actually, the O.E.D. is not even as good; at least Urban Dictionary has a definition for the word skell.*
*Sidenote: As of August 20, "Skell" now has its own Wikipedia page. I like to think How Blank played a role in the movement to get proper respect for the term. #SkellSoHard
This blog already has a glossary of important terms, but most of those are already recognized in the dictionary. Here are a few additional words I'd like to see in the O.E.D.:
---supa-hammer, adjective -- extremely, as in "supa-hammer drunk"
---InstaFran, noun --any photograph taken with the writer of this blogpost
---Dirk, verb --to shoot an undefendable jump shot off of one leg