Yes, twerking is a word


If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably noticed that Syria is a goddamned disaster right now, or that Miley Cyrus ground her ass against some Betelgeuse-looking dude at some sort of award ceremony that only teenagers watch. Maybe you also stumbled across an article somewhere about the word “twerk” being added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) online. And people: Lost. Their.  Minds. If you’re a masochist like myself, perhaps you wandered into the comment section of the CNN story and saw the OUTRAGE. In addition to claiming that twerk is not a word, adding twerk to the OED online is apparently going to cause the decline of: language, education, society, writing, people’s brains, writer’s careers, teacher’s careers, and the entire human species. (Really?! One word will doom 7 billion people, including the roughly 5.5 billion people who don’t speak English?!?! What a powerful non-word.)
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