Twerking and Selfies by Nathan Escobedo c/o 17

MILBY_”Selfie” is now the official word of the year. America is now adding the word “selfie” to the new dictionary. Runner up was the word “twerk”. I’m going to give you the definition, and origin of these words.

     These two words have crept and slid their way into our world. I am pretty sure any one you meet has most likely said one of these words. Or even acted out one, probably both. So, the definition of twerking is a type of dancing when the dancer shakes her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing her/his butt to shake in a fast motion. The definition for selfie is an upward angle pointing down at you, or a type of self-portrait photograph.

     The word selfie goes back to the early 1800s. According to one report, it was in Philadelphia in 1839 that the selfie revolution was born. It was a young photographer in Philadelphia who decided to take a different perspective on his pictures. Who would have thought that 174 years later we are doing the same thing?  

Twerking was born out of New Orleans, in the bounce music scene. A hip hop sub-genre concentrated on call-and-response vocals from the crowd. The first reference to Twerking in a song is DJ Jubilee’s “Do the Jubilee All” in 1993. This features him telling the crowd to, “Twerk baby, twerk baby, twerk, twerk, twerk?”.

     Now you know all about the origin and definition of both “Twerking” and “Selfies”. so now you can decide what word is the biggest in our world. 


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