Sad times. Last week, the word ‘twerk’ become officially recognised by the Oxford Dictionary: twerk, v – to dance to popular music in a provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance. Or, as we say at Ahlan!: twerk, v – to dance like Miley Cyrus trying to dance like Beyoncé and failing miserably in a manner that makes us want to ‘vom’ (a term also now in the OD).
In fact, ‘twerking’ in its true form became popular in Afro-Caribbean dancehalls many decades before Miley’s attempt at it made her look like Hannah Montana clumsily trying to walk in her mum’s stilettos. Back then, it went by more poetic monikers, like ‘the butterfly’, rather than what sounds – rather fittingly – like a portmanteau between ‘berk’ and another insult we could aim at an ex-teen star trying too hard.
Sorry, Miley, but it just isn’t twerking for us!