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Oxford Dictionaries Online has formally announced that it's adding "twerking" as the newest verb to its ledger, as part of its quarterly update to its online resources.
The formal definition? "Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."
It joins other pop-culture effluvia like "selfie," "derp," "digital diet" and "
"Twerking" hasn't made the venerable Oxford English Dictionary print edition yet. That's a privilege reserved for more established turns of phrase.
But nothing is more ratchet than making the cut at the formal registry of how we speak English, so congratulations are due all around, we suppose. Good work, Anglophone nations. Good work.