"Twerk (v.): dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance," or so says the Oxford Dictionary.
It was only a matter of time before the word-- as well as the act-- went mainstream and became a monster of its own. With pop star Miley Cyrus as the face of the recent (let's use that term loosely) dance craze and her stunt with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, it's safe to say twerking is here to stay.
Earlier this week, ABC News went as far as to give a scientific explanation of the "complex, technical subject."
"Twerking is a combination movement involving a deep squat and a pelvic tilt, Michelle Olson, a professor of exercise science and a certified strength and conditioning coach at Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala., explained.
'You take a wide stance with your legs turned out at 10 and 2 so your hips are externally rotated,' she said. 'Then you pulse up and down as you thrust the pelvis bone forward and back.'"
"Twerk" has been added to the dictionary as part of its quarterly update, along with the words "selfie," "digital detox" and "Bitcoin."
Of course, many know there's absolutely nothing new about "twerking"-- except the dominant culture's acceptance of a well-established dance. Entertainment Tonight's Rocsi Diaz tweeted Monday:
"Lol hilarious convo with [Beyoncé] about twerkin 'we've been doing this since the 90's with DJ Jubilee' !! It's nothing New! #southgirls."
So let's move along, there's nothing to see here.
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