"Twerking," "Dubstep," and Other Dumb Music Words in the Dictionary
Thankfully, Miley Cyrus finally convinced the Oxford folks to define "twerking."
Photo by Sayre Berman
As 21st-century culture and technology continue to evolve, so too must our language.
Whether you like it or not, all these hashtag buzzwords are part of the greater lexicon. Literally, "hashtag" was added to the dictionary.
But it's not just words like "selfie," "noob," or "friend zone." The musical terms making official Oxford and Merriam appearances are just as facepalm-worthy. (Add "facepalm" to the list too.) And while "EDM" isn't one of them, it can't be too far off.
See also: EDM: Five Most Annoying Buzzwords
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This one is hot off the presses in Merriam-Webster, though it was added a whole year earlier by those hipsters over at Oxford. The brand-new definition describes the womp-womps as follows: "a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns," citing its first known use in 2002.
Oxford got the leg up on "twerking," defining the term as to "dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance." They trace the term to the 1990s, which just goes to show that all these white people making a big deal are sooo late to the party.Next Page
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