Selfie, Twerk and 4 More New Dictionary Words Defined by Celebs

Courtesy kevin jonas invision ap FilmmagicWell, Miley Cyrus should be pleased!
“Twerk,” which has been around for about 20 years, officially shook its way into the mainstream vernacular – and onto the databases of the Oxford English Online Dictionary.

To reflect the ongoing changes in technology, social media lingo and fashion, Britain’s Oxford Dictionaries will officially include the hip-thrusting dance move as a part of its quarterly update, along with some other buzzworthy phrases such as selfie, girl crush, FOMO (fear of missing out), jorts and derpy. Srsly!

At a loss for words? Don’t fret. Here’s a quick guide on how to incorporate the newest dictionary additions into your everyday vocabulary.

Twerk (verb)

dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.

Miley Cyrus performs at the VMAs with Robin Thicke

Usage: Despite backlash for her sexually charged dance moves at Sunday’s VMAs, it looks like Miley Cyrus “can’t stop” and “won’t stop” twerking anytime soon.

Selfie (noun)

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

Nick Jonas

sage: After posting a smartphone photo of his ridiculously ripped body on Instagram, Nick Jonas said of the selfie, “I never do this but … Healthy living and fitness update. Post workout picture. #diabeticinshape #2.0.”

FOMO (fear of missing out) (noun)

anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website

Kris Jenner

Usage: She’s busy enough hosting her own talk show and managing her kids’ careers, yet Kris Jenner still turns up at almost every red carpet event in Hollywood – does she have a serious case of FOMO?

Girl Crush (noun)

an intense and typically non-sexual liking or admiration felt by one woman or girl for another.

Jennifer lawrence

Usage: Her cool wardrobe, her candidness, her love of Mean Girls – no wonder Jennifer Lawrence has become our ultimate girl crush – the best friend we’ve always dreamed of having.

Jorts (noun)

denim shorts.


Usage: Denim cutoffs have long been a staple for women, but Taylor Lautner and his hunky wolf pack pals took jorts to the next level in Twilight and never looked better – of course, we’re really only looking at their abs.

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.


Usage: Though Britney Spears usually brings out her best smile for the cameras, her derp face was in full force while judging contestants on The X Factor.

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