'TWERK', 'SELFIE' ADDED TO THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY

SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 (MANILA BULLETIN) By Reuters - Miley Cyrus (photo above) said she was exasperated by the media focus on her new image, which includes a video packed with drug and sexual references, provocative poses and in which she jiggles her buttocks in a dance move known as "twerking".

"Twerk", a provocative dance move that has gone viral, and "selfie" a photograph taken of oneself using a phone, are two new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary on Wednesday.

The dictionary has included words such as "twerk", "selfie", "digital detox" and the social media meaning of the verb "unlike" in its latest quarterly update to reflect the increasing use of technology and social media.

Spokeswoman Katherine Connor Martin said the dictionary, which is one of the largest dictionaries in the world and dates back 150 years, adds about 1,000 new entries to its online version every year.

She said the word "twerk" has been around for 20 years but has generated enough evidence of usage to be added to its online dictionaries with U.S. pop star Miley Cyrus hitting headlines this week for "twerking" at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Arising in the early 1990s, the word is described in the dictionary as "a dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance".

"The current public reaction to twerking is reminiscent in some ways of how the twisting craze was regarded in the early 1960s, when it was first popularized by Chubby Checker's song, 'The Twist'," said Connor Martin.

"Only time will tell if twerking will similarly be embraced by the general public."

Other words such as "unlike", the withdrawal of approval on social media, "digital detox", where a person refrains from using smartphones or computers, and "fomo" or fear of missing out - anxiety that an interesting event may be happening elsewhere, have also been added.

"Omnishambles", a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations is also among the new entries, originating from the British political comedy TV series "The Thick of It".

FROM NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Don your best duck face: The Pope is down with 'selfies' now. Pope Francis met with 500 youths from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio on Wednesday, and he had no qualms about posing for photos.

The leader of the global Catholic Church posed for a quick cellphone 'Selfie'BY CAROL KURUVILLA / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The leader of the global Catholic Church posed for a quick cellphone photo with the group of Italian teens at the Vatican on Wednesday. 

The venerable Pope Francis joined the ranks of Justin Bieber, Lindsay Lohan and Geraldo Rivera on Wednesday by posing for a “selfie.”

Spurning a duck-face for a more respectable open-mouthed grin, the pontiff stared straight into an Italian teen’s cellphone camera while she snapped a profile-worthy picture.


The teens from the Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio had come to Rome on a pilgrimage. Was he aiming for a thumbs up sign here? The popular pontiff has made a concerted effort to reach out to young people. He has amassed close to 3 million followers on Twitter. AP

Was he aiming for a thumbs up sign here? The popular pontiff has made a concerted effort to reach out to young people. He has amassed close to 3 million followers on Twitter.

Francis met with about 500 young people at St. Peter’s Basilica during a private audience that surely made most of their Facebook timelines.

This pope has been popular with the young folk, staying active on Twitter and drawing in millions of young people during Brazil’s World Youth Day festivities in late July.

It appears he's added some class to the 'selfie' phenomenon, but its popularity had already been recognized earlier this week.

The word was added to the online Oxford English Dictionary, NBC reports, along with other trendy favorites, like “twerk”and “food baby.”


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