2013: Selfie, FOMO, Twerk Added to Dictionary

2013 was the year we learned to be ashamed of all those “Selfies” we spent the year crafting for our Facebook profiles. It was also the year it became fashionable to shame that friend in your group suffering from FOMO: the Fear of Missing Out. And sporting a significant absence of shame (and clothing) was former Disney princess Miley Cyrus introducing Concerned Mothers Everywhere to “twerking.”

Courtesy Oxford Dictionary:

Definition of twerk in English


Pronunciation: /twəːk/


[no object] informal

  • dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance:
    just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song
    twerk it girl, work it girl


1990s: probably an alteration of work

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