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Oxford Dictionaries Online Adds "Twerk" and More

If you thought twerking was nothing more than a tragic phase that would one day thrust itself off of the dance floor and out of our vocabulary -- you, dear friends, were wrong. Miley-Cyrus-VMA-performance wrong.

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Yesterday Oxford Dictionaries Online announced that it was adding a slew of contemporary words to its online reference. Making their digital debut alongside more credible parts of speech were colloquial terms such as: apols, babymoon, buzzworthy, cake pop, emoji, fauxhawk, jorts, me time, selfie, srsly, and of course, twerk, which is defined as:

twerk (verb)- 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

Our other favorites included:

omnishambles (noun) - situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations: anyone with five minutes to spare, a Maths GCSE, and a calculator could have averted the entire omnishambles by checking the civil servants' sums

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 FOMO (noun)- anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website: I realized I was a lifelong sufferer of FOMO

In total, Oxford Dictionaries Online added 42 of these informal words and phrases to the site. But rest assured, English majors, they're still a long way off from filling the pages of the reputable hard cover book.

Editor's note: This post has been edited from its original version to clarify that these words were added to Oxford Dictionaries Online and not the Oxford English Dictionary's online reference.

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