“Twerking”, Among New Terms To Be Added To Dictionary!

Twerking, selfie, and phablet are among the hundreds – many influenced by technology – recently added to Oxford Dictionaries Online. Approximately 1.8billion new words are detected each year, but just around 1,000 of those make it into the dictionary.

‘Hackerspace’ (a meeting place for data enthusiasts) and ‘bitcoin’ (a digital currency that does not require a bank) have also made it, along with abbreviations such as ‘BYOD’ (bring your own device), ‘srsly’ (seriously) and ‘apols’ (apologies).


Twerking, the raunchy dance performed by Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards, is also among the slew of new terms included. The dance style’s listing reads: &#39The twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.&#39


Twenty-year-old Cyrus, who first rose to fame as the lead in Disney children’s show Hannah Montana, made headlines with the risque performance in a nude PVC bikini at the awards in New York on Sunday.


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