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Huh?! “Selfie” & “Twerk” are Now in the Oxford Dictionary



Toke Makinwa - August 2013 - BellaNaija

It has finally happened, “Selfie” and “Twerk” have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Selfie: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

That’s the definition of taking a selfie according to Oxford Dictionaries Online. Thanks to social media networking sites like Twitter and Instagram, some of your favourite entertainers share their selfies on a daily basis.

Miley Cyrus  & Robin Thicke - August 2013 - BellaNaija

And guess what else was added? The act of twerking.

Millions of people may have been introduced to the dance concept by American pop star Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. But twerking is two decades old.

Oxford Dictionaries’ Katherine Connor Martin said “There are many theories about the origin of this word, and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure,” Martin said. “We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to ‘work it.’ The ‘t’ could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.”

Twerk: “Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance”

“Selfie” and “Twerk” will be added to the dictionary as part of its quarterly update.


  1. Godsluv22

    August 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Lol…….Can’t be smh…..WTH next word will be ratcheted……God help us from this foolishness 🙁

  2. Concerned_Boyfriend

    August 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    The moral decadence of our generation continues unabated… I pity the next generation…

    • e-voice

      August 30, 2013 at 2:47 am

      U can say that again and again

  3. Bliss

    August 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Damilare. You are obsessed with Toke Makinwa though.

  4. konne

    August 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    What are you implying? Is she a selfie? LOL

  5. t.c

    August 29, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Im teln u! Na only her get selfie sef?!

  6. ewwwwww!

    August 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Why Toke pic thou? But I luv the hair,wowww! Pls someone help Pearl and Moet of soundcity related?

  7. kenky

    August 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Am so twerking ryt naw!….lmao

  8. chigirl

    August 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Abegi!!, nigerians have been twerking from time immemorial, sir shina peters “shina peters lo la afro juju…..” i can remember those women twerking in his vidoes. Nigerians esp. yorubas have been twerking since, no be today ee start 🙂

  9. Okechukwu Ofili

    August 29, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    as I said on twitter…Black people been twerking for years. Miley Cyrus twerks for a few seconds and boom “twerking” gets added to the English Dictionary!

  10. Titi Savage

    August 30, 2013 at 12:16 am

    So disgusting this dance!!!! The society we are living is just low class and trashy

  11. birdieblue

    August 30, 2013 at 5:43 am

    OMG as if CNN isnt enough Miley has infiltrated bella
    naija! smh

  12. Doneit

    August 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Why is bellanaija so obsessed with this Toke Makinwa chic?

  13. bellastrada

    August 30, 2013 at 11:54 am

    @doneit…….its bcos BN is SELFIE……………………..lmao….

  14. UJU

    November 21, 2013 at 9:48 am


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