‘Twerking’ Added to Oxford Dictionary (Thanks, Miley Cyrus?)

'Twerking' Added to Oxford Dictionary (Thanks, Miley Cyrus?)

For those who were wondering what Miley was doing on the VMAs, Oxford has an answer

Parents trying to keep up with Miley Cyrus' shenanigans are getting a helping hand from Oxford Dictionaries.

The company announced quarterly additions Wednesday to its Oxford Dictionaries Online — "twerking" among them. According to the Oxford scholars, "twerking" refers to dancing "to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."

Also read: Miley Cyrus' Twerk-tastic VMA Performance: By the Numbers

Which should help answer the question that's been sweeping the nation this week: "What in god's name was Miley Cyrus doing at the Video Music Awards?" (Oxford makes no mention of a giant novelty foam finger.)

Other additions for the pop-culture clueless include "selfie" ("a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website"); "squee" (an exclamation "used to express great delight or excitement"); and "A/W" (for the fashion-unforward, an abbreviation of "autumn/winter," relating to clothing designed for those seasons).

See photos: The Evolution of Miley Cyrus: From Clean and Chipper to Controversial Stripper

We humbly suggest that next quarter, Oxford add "OMGmakeitstop."