Twerk now a real word, according to Oxford Dictionaries

Other entries added to Oxford's online dictionary include cake pop, buzzworthy and me time.

Thanks, Miley.

Thanks, Miley.

The English language's slow march toward absurdity seems to be all but inevitable, with news breaking today that Oxford Dictionaries has added twerk to their online edition. The definition: "dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."

While twerk isn't quite esteemed enough to make it into the scholarly leatherbound Oxford English Dictionary, its acceptance online makes it eligible for print consideration in the future. Apparently, twerk is quite a mysterious word, and Oxford's people have been hard at work tracking down how it shimmied its way into our vocabulary.

"There are many theories about the origin of this word, and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure," Oxford Dictionaries' Katherine Connor Martin told the Associated Press. "We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to work it. The t could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch."

Other entries recorded by the linguistic giant this year include cake pop, buzzworthy, emoji, vom, derp and selfie; you can find more new words and their meanings on the dictionary's free website.

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