"Selfie," "twerk" among the new words added to Oxford English Dictionary

Miley Cyrus has something to do with the latter.

Reuthers (via InterAksyon.com) reports that "’selfie,’ a photograph taken of oneself using a mobile phone, and ’twerk,’ the provocative dance move used by US pop star Miley Cyrus that has gone viral, are two of the new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary on Wednesday, August 28."


The report noted: "The dictionary has also included words such as ’digital detox’ and the social media meaning of the verb ’unlike’ in its latest quarterly update to reflect the increasing use of technology and social media." The dictionary, which dates back 150 years, adds around 1,000 new entries to its online version each year.


Oxford English Dictionary spokeswoman Katherine Connor Martin explained that while "twerk" has been around for 20 years it only recently "generated enough evidence of usage to be added to its online dictionaries, what with Miley Cyrus recently hitting headlines this week for ’twerking’ at the MTV Video Music Awards."


The report explained: "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."


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