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In a Desperate Attempt to Sit at the Popular Table, Oxford Adds ‘Selfie’ and ‘Twerk’ to Dictionary

It's their party they can say what they want.
SELFIE (Photo: Celebuzz)

SELFIE (Photo: Celebuzz)

In an effort to help your parents finally understand what the hell it is you’re talking about, Oxford Dictionaries Online–which prides itself on chronicling youth jargon–announced that it’s adding “twerk,” “selfie,” and “derp,” among others, to its archives.

The ODO is published by Oxford University Press, which also publishes the more staid Oxford English Dictionary. Thankfully, the OED won’t be including these words–yet.

So how does the ODO define such Internetty terms?

twerk verb
[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

selfie noun (plural selfies)
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:
occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary

derp exclamation
(also herp derp)
used as a substitute for speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action:
Lower tax rates and far lower job creation. Derp
they will probably go ‘herp derp downloading ROMs is bad’

Also included in the August 2013 update are emoji, FOMO, phablet, vom and bitcoin. God bless the English language.

(h/t Quartz)

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