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Jeanne Moos: The Definition of “Twerk”

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It's a word that's easier said than done..."twerk."

And ever since Miley Cyrus twerked on stage, it's a word that's getting a workout.

Jeanne Moos explains.

The word  "twerk" has become a quirk in our vocabulary. W

Who needs a joke, the word alone gets a laugh...

Quite a lot of "twerking"

And it's all thanks to Miley Cyrus.

"Oh she is going to hell in a twerkin' handbasket. Bad girl."

Twerking now merits a scientific explanation.

There is pregnant twerking... even grandmas twerking...

Leno is broadcasting fake sightings of Miley twerking...

There she is in I-hop. There she is in a supermarket.

Buzzfeed tweaked famous paintings to include her twerking...while the website gawker put together a compilation of the media's marathon twerking.

Miley Cyrus' jaw dropping twerkathon. Miley Cyrus tongue and twerk work. the twerkextravaganza. twerktacular. twerkfest. The twerk seen round the world.

The mother of all twerks. 

Twerking by the way is when you gyrate your lower extremities... oh forget it, just Google it.

If you do, you'll find plenty of how to's...and hands on your knees make them say please a weatherman and anchor duo at kxrm, Colorado springs...

Start with an arch c'mon

Went from the word "twerking" on their lips to actually jerking their hips.

hips gotta go out. feel like hips gonna go down and under tap tap tap tap tap pop pop pop   

Kimberly price was a reluctant twerker, but meteorologist Justin chambers' barometric pressure was rising.

he goes fast with hips, she laughs

twerk just made it into the oxford English dictionary... guesting on hln, Morgan freeman defined it..

involving thrusting movements and a low squatting stance.

it's the first time I ever heard of it. what!?

moos standup  the dictionary says the origin of the word "twerk" is probably "work" in "work it." 

demonstrated in this clip from a pre-twerking Hannah Montana.

work it out work it out now pop it 

moos standup supposedly a "T" was added to work to make "twerk"...aren't you glad you know that?

and to think that just a couple of months ago, CNN correspondent Christine romans was still brimming with innocence as she shocked herself with news of some twerking teens...

what is twerking you ask. I have no idea. oh oh my god  my grandmother watches this show, can we take that down. 

and here's a phrase we haven't heard miley cyrus utter...

i'm so embarrassed 

jeanne moos CNN

twerk you later 

new york

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