11. Officially Defined
“Twerking” was added to the Oxford Dictionary of English (along with the all-too prevalent “selfie”) following the Miley Cyrus VMAs performance in August. “By last year, it had generated enough currency to be added to our new words watch list, and by this spring, we had enough evidence of usage frequency in a breadth of sources to consider adding it to our dictionaries of current English,” explains Katherine Connor Martin of Oxford Dictionaries. “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.’” Not bad company.