"Twerk: verb [no object] informal: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance: just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song"
— Oxford Dictionaries Online, adding the New Orleans-born dance to its online edition last week, just days after former teen starlet Miley Cyrus sparked debate about "twerking" during an explicit performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The first known popular use of the word 'twerk' came from a lyric in New Orleans-based DJ Jubilee's 1993 "Do the Jubilee" ("Twerk! Twerk! Twerk!"). After 20 years, the word went mainstream; The New York Times ran an article on the etymology of "twerk," the New York Post provided its readers with a photo illustration so they could do it at home and Gretchen Carlson of Fox News' Fox & Friends attempted a sedate version of the twerk on the popular morning show.