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Word Watch 2013: Twerk

twerk, bear, dancing

This year, the word twerk bounced its way into the universal consciousness of English speakers thanks to the controversial performance of Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards in late August. Only a few days later, Oxford Dictionaries Online announced its quarterly update, listing twerk among the new additions (additions that had been planned months before “Twerkgate”). This led to public outcry against making this term “official.” As lexicographers are quick to remind twerk deniers, it’s not an entry in a dictionary that makes a word “official,” but rather its widespread usage. So what’s the story of twerk, and why are lexicographers taking this bit of pop culture seriously?

Twerk entered English in the early 1990s by way of the New Orleans bounce-music scene. It’s likely an alteration of work, as in “work it,” though etymologist are unsure of its exact origins (Anatoly Liberman thinks the tw might come from twist or twitch). In our next update, Dictionary.com will define< twerk as follows: “to dance to pop music in a very sensual way, typically by thrusting or shaking the buttocks and hips while in a squatting or bent-over position.”

Whatever your stance on twerk or twerking is, you’re likely to have at least some opinion on this term and the discussions surrounding it. While some lexicographers predict it to be a flash in the pan, others feel that it deserves to be the 2013 Word of the Year. Do you think twerk should be the 2013 Word of the Year?

Stay tuned for our next installment of Word Watch 2013; we will explore a term that was catapulted from an unassuming verb phrase to a catchphrase for gender equality in the workplace. Any guesses what it might be?

96 Comments

  1. Unknown -  March 27, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    U known a lot of stuff has been going on through 2013-2014, but nothing as crazy as this phase.
    #twerk

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  2. Cliff -  March 25, 2014 - 11:01 am

    The word “Twerk” started like all cool things in Hip Hop 20 years ago.

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  3. Hammy -  March 2, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    GO BEAR WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LOL LOL LOL LOL :) :) :0

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  4. Hammy -  March 2, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    you rock bear woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :) :) :) :) :) LOL LOL LOL

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  5. aisheeya -  February 25, 2014 - 10:04 pm

    lolzz..i dont really know what to write, so sozz :)

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  6. James -  February 13, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    Trending is non-stoppable and governed by emotion, not by reason. It will exist and last as long as its use makes more people feel good and convenient in transmitting what they want to mean and be fun.

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  7. Wow! -  February 12, 2014 - 8:50 am

    why are people so freaking mad about twerking? Many people do it AROUND THE F*CKING GLOBE so why are people stressing? I bet yall mad cause you CAN’T twerk! If ”aint” is in the dictionary so should ”twerk”. And OMFG i am done with all of yall saying its vulgar its wrong your booty is having a seizure temporarily omg waaaaaa waaaaa! what are babies suck it up cause if it is added i will be happy as hell!

    P.S: Twerk=make i{t work} stupid mofos!

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  8. Joel Barton -  February 6, 2014 - 9:53 am

    to twerk one must shake the booty without shaking the legs/thighs

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  9. Jazzy -  February 1, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    What’s twerking? ^_^

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  10. Twerking God -  January 30, 2014 - 7:18 am

    Twerk it out, guys.

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  11. Sarah -  January 29, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    *your world

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  12. Sarah -  January 29, 2014 - 6:50 pm

    “The limits of your language are the limits of the world.” Ludwig Wittgenstein

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  13. {Curly_Brace} -  January 22, 2014 - 5:29 pm

    Umm, no. Use your brain people! Stick with the ignorant words we have and don’t add new ones! Scratch that, take ignorant words out of your vocabulary.

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  14. Kamark -  January 22, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Twerk is a term that originates from the down south hip-hop community in the ’90s. It is old, not cool, and the use of it is too much to handle. I am beyond tired of hearing the word.

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  15. Isaac -  January 20, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Tweeting while working… Call that twerking!!!!!!! Lolololololol

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  16. cabeza roja -  January 19, 2014 - 5:09 am

    Twerk should be outlawed. :)

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  17. hey -  January 15, 2014 - 5:14 pm

    is that bear twerking? if he is I THINK HE’S WEIRD ;)

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  18. Deirdre -  January 15, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Most “official” words start out as slang- or rather, an off-the-cuff, in-the- moment response to a need or desire to communicate something.
    Slang is the most fun when it is artistic and expressive. I like “twerk” about as much as the word “blog”. Not very much. :-)

    On the note about the use of the word “sensual” to mean “sexual”-that is an important distinction. Someone can have a sensual experience of a good meal or a beautiful sunset. When you see the Motion Picture Association use the phrase “Scenes of Sensuality” it is clear how the word “sensual” has been misused. I would also argue that the word “Sexuality” encompasses a concept much larger than the sexual act itself, which is in fact what they are referring to.

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  19. Alyssa -  January 14, 2014 - 9:06 am

    I think “twerk” is really dumb.

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  20. Sarah -  January 11, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    Also, I don’t like to twerk, but I’m not just going to stop people from doing it because who cares if I don’t like it but other people do? It’s their opinion and the people that enjoy it don’t bother us the way we bother them.

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  21. Sarah -  January 11, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    You can’t just say that twerking is vulgar or stupid. People might have said the same thing about past dance moves when it was popular around that time. Dance moves like the waltz for example had received similar thoughts and opinions when it came out, but right now, waltzing seems far from inappropriate. Ten years from now, twerking would be seen as something silly rather than inappropriate and sensual. And who knows? There might be a new dance move that will have the same responses twerking had. And by the way, just because the work “twerk” isn’t in a dictionary entry and it has many negative reception it doesn’t mean that it can’t be Word of the Year.

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  22. Raquel -  January 8, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    As a lover of language, I’m appalled at the amount of negativity this word is getting. I don’t like the idea of twerking, I don’t know how, but I’m not going to try to censor it from being used in everyday vocabulary. “Twerk” adds just as much to the dictionary as “salsa” or “merengue”, even if it’s only slang. Slang is beautiful. It’s horribly cocky and rude to dismiss everyone who uses slang as uneducated. How does it show a lack of education? Is it because they don’t speak YOUR formal dialect when they’re chatting with friends? Slang has always been an almost necessary part of just about any language, and hopefully it will never go away. Why should all language be so formal? Should only words that are necessary to speak in a formal manner exist? I think not, even if twerk doesn’t make it to the top 1000 words. It’s earned it’s place in language simply by existing

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  23. guidedAuspex -  January 1, 2014 - 3:18 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher

    Considering that every word we have is just a type of animal grunt, I don’t see how “twerk” sounds “vulgar”. It’s just a word people get over it

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  24. Håkan -  December 31, 2013 - 4:23 am

    I think twerking is more ‘sexual’ than ‘sensual’, if we are to go into semantics. ‘Sexually suggestive’, more exactly.

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  25. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 30, 2013 - 2:52 am

    @John:
    Ha ha, I agree.

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  26. dancinintherain -  December 23, 2013 - 9:27 pm

    Cameron, You said, Hundreds of words are added to the dictionary year. Why are people making such a big deal out of this one? I think you know the answer to that question…

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  27. My Humble Opinion -  December 21, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    You have got to be kidding me…

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  28. John -  December 19, 2013 - 11:34 am

    I think the word twerk is a combination of two words. Twitch and Jerk.

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  29. Wesley -  December 17, 2013 - 9:17 pm

    Thank you Carolyn B for expressing those thoughts on the word, which. I had thought the same thing just a couple of weeks ago in a more diffused state than what you have nicely elucidated here, for which I am quite grateful.

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  30. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 11, 2013 - 3:00 am

    Could we please find a word that reflects what’s going on in the world at large (NOT [I am not yelling here; the all caps are for emphasis] what’s going on some new music video) to be the Word of the Year. “Twerk” is too dumb, too vulgar-sounding, and too indecent. Please find something more dignified. Like “defenestration.” That’s pretty much what happened to good grammar and common sense this year.

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  31. Ben -  December 8, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    I don’t think I’ve heard the word Binge-Watch till you asked in this survey, but I have heard the word, Twerk. It has several connotations, one is a dance move, the other is as a word of encouragement. Now there may be other definitions but I am not aware of them, and there may be other words you would like to offer us to determine whether they should hold the title of “Word Of The Year”, but until you let us know, I guess I vote for Twerk… Now I’ve got to get back twerk, or my Boss will fire me! Ooo, Ooo, another form of the word! lol Good Luck with your quest.. Merry Christmas!

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  32. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 8, 2013 - 6:46 am

    Thank you, Ms. Solomon; I’ve been wondering what “twerk” means. I agree with everybody who thinks we shouldn’t make “twerk” an official word. It should just stay slang. It sounds vulgar. I can almost hear somebody yelling, “Twerk you!” Cause that’s all we need, right – more ways to talk trash? Why are people “crying out” about “making this word official,” anyway? Don’t they have anything better to do with their time? And, to those who twerk: Have you no decency at all?

    Everything seems to have something to do with Miley Cyrus these days. It’s like she’ll do anything to have her name plastered all over the headlines. Talk about self-absorbed.

    And what about “durp”? Ms. Solomon, please write an article about that (after the one you mentioned in this article).

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  33. CarolynB -  December 7, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Twerk should not be considered a word because of a short flurry of use (especially one used as slang for the obscene twitching of a drunken actress on an awards show)!

    If a term becomes a word based on wide use, we would see “probly” (more commonly spelled and pronounced “probably”) in dictionaries, or “samwich,” “alunnumum,” etc., ad nauseam. Not that I advocate such a thing.

    English-language dictionaries seem to be one of the last sources referenced now that Wikipedia and opinion-based definitions are listed by search engines so frequently. But let’s not treat dictionaries as unfiltered trash cans!

    Let’s focus more energy toward encouraging people to write using capital letters, entire words (without numbers and symbols), and some day, complete sentences!

    P.S. If you are short on new words, try bringing back some words that SHOULD be used but are glaringly missing such as “which.” Which color, which direction, which would you choose, etc. “What” is so misused and over used that print ads, commercials, and sadly…The New York Times seem to have forgotten “which” completely. (Based on my most recent visits to the site.)

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  34. Grapetooth -  December 7, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    20 years ago they used to call it “p*ssy-popping”. How is it then controversial in such a desensitized low-Amerka?

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  35. cory -  December 7, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t be..please pick a more intellectual word…

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  36. Monsieur Thibaux -  December 7, 2013 - 3:14 pm

    I agree 100% with A.N. and Chris. Language is constantly evolving and so many of the words that we use today in standard American English are bastardizations of other languages or have emerged from pop/modern culture hence have become modern English vernacular. While I do not think that twerk should be considered the 2013 word of the year, if enough people use it then it has officially become an English word. No it shouldn’t be taught in schools and encouraged to replace proper English however, if it describes what the speaker is trying to portray then it serves its purpose. I wish we’d focus on getting rid of the loss of proper English grammar that is becoming mainstream and explain to people that there is a difference between ‘there is’ and ‘there are’ and that ‘If I were’ is correct along with so many other commonplace mistakes. In other words, vocabulary constantly changes but grammar should more or less stay constant.

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  37. jade parker -  December 7, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    yes just yes lmfao

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  38. Emily -  December 7, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    Never, twerk better not end up in the dictionary, or I will kill myself. (Don’t do it if you’re against suicidal attempts. I’m just kidding)

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  39. Hi -  December 7, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    NO the word twerk is so stupid add a good word to the dictionary instead.

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  40. Pres Obama -  December 7, 2013 - 1:57 pm

    The fact that you give this any discussion shows how low you’ve sunk. It’s stunning that you would even suggest that some sleazy dance move should be given any attention, or that it has any significance in this world. There use to be a day when grown ups talked about grown-up things and didn’t sink into the gutter to get attention, or whatever your reason is. I know those days are fast fading, but I would expect an online dictionary to leave the gutter culture in the gutter. There are plenty of sleazy sites on the Web for the infantile stupidity of the Miley Cyrus/Paris Hilton/Lindsey Lohan slut generation. Grow up.

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  41. SofiaV -  December 7, 2013 - 10:33 am

    Yeah, it totally should!

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  42. Alicia -  December 7, 2013 - 9:34 am

    LOL at Santa’s comment!!!!

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  43. Pamela Hance -  December 7, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Twerk is a far cry from grok.

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  44. Jessi -  December 7, 2013 - 7:50 am

    I’m sorry, but know.
    TWERKING. IS. STUPID.

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  45. Tol -  December 6, 2013 - 10:04 pm

    Um no, Twerk should not be word of the year, since, according to your own bloody website, Twerk is not a word.

    And neither should binge-watch since hyphenated words Are Not Words. Though this is by far the lesser evil to choose from.

    Guys, you should not be following the History Channel and humiliate yourselves. You guys are supposed to be respected instead of laughed at and scorned.

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  46. Ash Jii -  December 6, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    Can we find a more dignified word to highlight, please?

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  47. Wesley -  December 6, 2013 - 7:05 pm

    So Miley Cyrus defines “widespread” usage?! I for one consciously avoid anything and everything to do with her media inflated image and message! Why not bring back a real word that fell out of use and has regained popular usage or alteration in usage?

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  48. Steve -  December 6, 2013 - 2:19 pm

    Hell No!

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  49. Daniel -  December 6, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Twerk is from “make i[t work]” Does anyone know Rof l’Mao?

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  50. Santa Claus -  December 6, 2013 - 11:04 am

    Santa here!
    There has been a lot of disagreement on whether to choose the vernacular word “twerk”
    The colloquialism of this word does not make our family here at the workshop happy.
    We all know what the word should be POOP because it is indispensable here on earth
    I think you nicompoops should be able to figure this out. After all, this is Dictionary.com
    Thank you for your concideration lummoxes
    Regards,
    Santa

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  51. Nikki Mills -  December 6, 2013 - 10:33 am

    Please, people have twerking for years!!!! It is not some new phenomenon that Miley discovered. Please put this word to bed. Dismissed.

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  52. Theresa ^.^ -  December 6, 2013 - 9:32 am

    Twerk……………………………….Nope

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  53. UglyManNoTwerking -  December 6, 2013 - 9:21 am

    Twerking is the stupidest move ever. When people twerk they look their butt is having a seizure and it’s temporary (I hope!) so it should not EVER be in the dictionary

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  54. David Jupres -  December 6, 2013 - 9:11 am

    HELL NO!!!

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  55. Holly Hansen -  December 6, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Twerk is a term used to describe an unlikely dance move that is a temporary fad. Since it is temporary, it needn’t have a spot in the dictionary.

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  56. Eva -  December 6, 2013 - 7:42 am

    To twerk or not to twerk, really is the question; figuratively. NOT literally, especially because of how influenced American culture is because of this. Honorably no’, but figuratively yes… If you want to only further influence the country or~~ show the nation what we’ve come too and what direction we are going in terms of society. Soo yeah, do it, I think you should. ( Srsly!)

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  57. Jarod -  December 6, 2013 - 7:34 am

    Yeah, Twerking is the stupidist word put funny as hail, and twerk all you want for the twerkers!

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  58. kfer -  December 6, 2013 - 7:31 am

    well im from louisiana and every one twirks its sad

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  59. Cathunter345 -  December 6, 2013 - 7:29 am

    Yeah you should, let people laugh at the bear or I KEEL YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU

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  60. Cathunter345 -  December 6, 2013 - 7:26 am

    Yeah buddy! A dancing bear even animals do it xD

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  61. Vacuityofmind -  December 6, 2013 - 6:16 am

    Please leave twerk out.
    Leave it up to the Urban Dictionary to define – please.

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  62. dylan -  December 6, 2013 - 5:56 am

    yes

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  63. Todd -  December 6, 2013 - 5:21 am

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE…MAKE ‘TWERK’ GO AWAY!
    WHATEVER IT IS WE DID, WE’RE SORRY!!!!

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  64. Altar Zeng -  December 6, 2013 - 3:45 am

    I think it’d be funny, but for the sake of the dumber, might wan’t to leave a little ‘just kidding.’ I think it should really remain slang because I know and have met people who abuse this term, and no, if it get’s old, a different group of people will adopt it. Honestly, it’s really not even slang here but if you’re going to add this you might want to consider like making a whole section of the dictoinary just for these slang words.

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  65. JJ -  December 5, 2013 - 11:22 pm

    NO WAY. Our society is perverse and stupid enough already! Adding a “twerk” to the dict. is like saying:

    twerk; verb
    To twerk is to prove to one’s self that one has no self-respect or have an ounce of common sense or decency.

    Seriously people! Get a clue!

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  66. Cameron -  December 5, 2013 - 9:55 pm

    Twerk is actually a term that was a crucial part of history back where it was started. It doesn’t always have to refer back to “Miley Cyrus”. Hundreds of words are being added to the dictionary every month and nobody notices those, so why is there so much controversy over one word?

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  67. Lee -  December 5, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    What has been explained and defined as twerking has been around for at least two decades. However it has always been part of the African-American dance.To deny or act as though you do not know its origins or how it came about is appalling to every black who was criticized for dancing in such a manner. Miley Cyrus might can be given credit for influencing the white pop culture but give blacks the credits when they been demonized for it all the way to now when it is popular and widely excepted.

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  68. maria -  December 5, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    The word of the year should be a word said often by many people. the word of the year should not be based on if people like it or not. I say add it everyone knows what it is and it is heard everywhere.

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  69. Brian S -  December 5, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    I thought twerk stood for “to work it”

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  70. Anna -  December 5, 2013 - 6:38 pm

    Gosh no! Twerk is a horrible word!
    The spellcheck doesn’t even recognize
    it!

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  71. Emma -  December 5, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    It’s called a slang term for a reason. I genuinely don’t think this is something that needs to be remembered very fondly. If people are talking about this term they should probably know what it means anyhow, the dictionary shouldn’t be a book filled with nonsense like this. Trying to justify yourselves and making the word sound decently intelligible is kind of a waste of time.

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  72. A.N. -  December 5, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    I have to admit that I am continually flummoxed by the amount of negativity regarding slang. Language is an evolving, forever developing thing, and I cannot seem to comprehend why so much of the public bemoans the evolution of English in these new words. The majority of words you use in an average day are very different from those used a couple thousand years ago; do you mean to say that none of the phrases of modern culture should be accepted? I’m certain that there are very few people who would choose to return to English of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In addition, even American English is much simplified over much of European English. Yes, new words are being created constantly, but this does not mean that old words are immediately obsolete. In my opinion, adding “twerk” to the dictionary (however ludicrous a term and meaning) will not in any way “lessen” the English language but expand it. To think that such a colloquial term being made “official” would cheapen other words seems downright pretentious and not at all accepting of advances in culture and in literature.

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  73. clara lampkin -  December 5, 2013 - 6:00 pm

    TWERK!!!!!!!! That is the perfect word for this year because of how many fails there have been(Miley Cyrus) it entertains us, its perfect.

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  74. Eric -  December 5, 2013 - 5:39 pm

    Definitely no.

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  75. Your Momma -  December 5, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    Daaaaaammnn……that bear got some moves……

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  76. Your Momma -  December 5, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    What in da world?!!? People please!!! No question ’bout it! I’m all for it, besides, it’s about time someone realized that twerking is art good enough for to be in the dictionary. Now everybody wit me, get off yo lazy butts, and…. TWERK, TWERK, TWERK!!!!!

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  77. Will Roy -  December 5, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Thank you “Better That You”, I couldn’t have said it better myself. It’s better as slang and honestly, I’m ashamed and disgusted of our nation for giving it such a following. Not that America isn’t a great place, it’s just Murphy’s Law happens.

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  78. Better That You -  December 5, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    ummmm… how bout NO?!?!?!? it is trashy, it is vulgar, it is just wrong! I can’t express my disgust better than how a fellow commenter Vicki P did:

    Should we add “twerk” to the English dictionary?

    Yes! Let’s reinforce to the rest of the world that our society is ignorant and vacuous enough to formally incorporate a trashy slang term into the English language.

    Brawndo anyone?

    -VickiP

    Like seriously people…. you’re honestly putting a word in the dictionary that means “to dance to pop music in a very sensual way, typically by thrusting or shaking the buttocks and hips while in a squatting or bent-over position”? just keep it as a slang word, people are eventually going to forget about it anyways…

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  79. Double Fur Press -  December 5, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    Look at how much emotion the word “twerk” brings to the table. Twerk as a term, an act, and a cultural phenomenon has created a wide variety of responses. Y’all are making it successful just by discussing it and making a big deal out of it. Language evolves. That’s what it does. Some may not like the cultural associations related with “twerk,” but it’s simply a word that describes a bouncing booty dance. Generally speaking, the dictionary acts as a source that defines words. It is not necessarily a gatekeeping agent that is supposed to defend high culture. If “twerk” has generated more bounce to the ounce than any other word, then let it be the word of the year.

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  80. Hanner Bananer -  December 5, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Twerk should be a word in this website just for kids to have a laugh. twerk gets my vote!

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  81. Jason -  December 5, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Either twerk, or herp-a-derp.

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  82. Elijah -  December 5, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    I disagree with Chris in that language is not flexible. If you allow it to be changed on the whim of unintelligent people into something provocative and/or inappropriate, you are allowing the deterioration of our culture into something run by children. It demeans us as human beings, allowing our youth to establish our means of communication. Slang should always be kept separate from dictionaries and thought of as nothing more than words of the uneducated and unwise.

    That being said, I’m not sure why this ordeal with Ms. Cyrus is talked about as much as it is. She is nothing more than another Britney Spears. The only difference being that she was well known as a child actress. If she wants to flaunt her lack of experience and self control, then so be it. But she should not be given a second thought, as she is just like a good percentage of youth that think the world revolves around them and wind up getting pregnant and blame their parents.

    In conclusion, if you plan on using the definition, “to dance to pop music in a very sensual way,” only use it as a slang term for the purpose of informing the more intellectual of society and not as a word with any real value.

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  83. Eric -  December 5, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    So what are all the other prospective words of the year?

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  84. Jackeh -  December 5, 2013 - 11:45 am

    They might as well add herpaderp to the dictionary -_-

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  85. Michael -  December 5, 2013 - 11:32 am

    This word gets my vote.

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  86. Santa Louis -  December 5, 2013 - 11:28 am

    To twerk or not to twerk?

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  87. Bill -  December 5, 2013 - 11:24 am

    Maybe a portmanteau from JERK and TWIST

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  88. GlobalJordans -  December 5, 2013 - 11:16 am

    I personally think it should not be “word of the year”. Making it “official” is even a bit much. In my opinion, twerk should just stay as a slang term.

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  89. Santa Claus -  December 5, 2013 - 11:11 am

    I disagree with this informal word. On the other hand, POOP is essential to human life. POOP relieves people from constipation and could obviously save a life. This magnanimous, chivalric word should obviously be the Word of the Year. The elves here in my workshop would be so happy with you Dictinary.com nerds.
    Merry Chirstman!!!!
    You’ll be seeing more of me tomorrow…

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  90. Santa Claus -  December 5, 2013 - 10:48 am

    I disagree with this informal word. On the other hand, POOP is essential to all humans. POOP will relieve anyone from constipation. Please consider this magnanimous, chivalric word. It would make the elves happy here in Santa’s workshop. Thank you for your consideration Dictionary.com nerds.
    Merry Christmas!!!!!!!
    You will see more of me tomorrow

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  91. Tamra -  December 5, 2013 - 10:33 am

    “Twerk” is on the level of “hos” – vulgar slang that will die quietly only if we stop talking about it. The word made headlines when a 20-year-old ‘Disney girl’ dressed in latex underwear and simulated sex acts on stage during AN AWARDS SHOW. Because she sang while doing this, we call her grotesque horror show artistic expression. Take away the microphone, and she’s a cheap act on a sticky sex lounge stage. Giving this word special recognition as Word of the Year would condone this disturbing behavior. PLEASE, DO NOT.

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  92. smokescreen -  December 5, 2013 - 8:40 am

    IMHO,I think that just like “ho” a misspronunciation of “whore” ,the word “twerk” is from a mispronounced form of ” to work” as in ‘get to work’ .Here’s a sentence with all the words : “I told tha’ ho to ge’ twerk and all she know to do is shake tha’ ass”….i would be careful of words that come from slang.no offence meant to anyone and i hope none taken. -thanks

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  93. Symone -  December 5, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Yes!

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  94. hungryhorse -  December 5, 2013 - 7:52 am

    “Twerk”, conjures up in me a vulgar display from a nasty,no talent child. don’t we have enough words for Trash in the dictionary already

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  95. VickiP -  December 5, 2013 - 7:27 am

    Should we add “twerk” to the English dictionary?

    Yes! Let’s reinforce to the rest of the world that our society is ignorant and vacuous enough to formally incorporate a trashy slang term into the English language.

    Brawndo anyone?

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  96. Chris -  December 5, 2013 - 6:30 am

    Don’t know about word of the year, but whatever public is “crying out” about it being made “official” needs to go find a better use for their time.

    I don’t know why folks get all exclusive when it comes to language. I enjoy writing prose in a more formal style and dialog in the vernacular. By nature, I’m suspicious of anyone who wants to “suppress” anything that simple is. Do I twerk? Um, not in public at least. Do I think it’s a dorky term ? Absolutely. Do I find some “modern words” (like dork) to be the perfect choice for some situations? Yep. Language is a living thing that documents our social psyche so I think spending time or energy even wondering about censoring this word (or any) is waste of both.

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