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[Updated] Squee, srsly, Girl Crush, Derp Added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. Also (Sigh) Twerk

Four times a year the Oxford English Dictionary Oxford Dictionaries Online chooses new words to be allowed into its hallowed (digital) pages. In the past, those words have included geekery, hentai, tweet, sexting, dad dancing, and doh (as in Homer Simpson). This time around we get… twerking. Man, it’s almost exactly like they timed this to the ongoing controversy over Miley Cyrus.

Some new words that are now totally legit to use in formal essays (because if we can’t trust the dictionary, whom can we trust?) are behind the cut, as are their brand spankin’ new definitions.

Oh, and also a video of Morgan Freeman explaining twerking.

Update: We were incorrect in saying that the words are being added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It’s actually the Oxford Dictionaries Online, which “focuses on current English and includes modern meanings and uses of words.” Apologies.

First off we have twerk:

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

There’s also derp:

(informal): (used as a substitute for) speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action.

geek chic:

the dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable.

girl crush:

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


(informal): (used to express) great delight or excitement.

and double denim:

a style of dress in which a denim jacket or shirt is worn with a pair of jeans or a denim skirt, often regarded as a breach of fashion etiquette.

I’m sorry, but I’m going to keep calling that a “Texas tuxedo” until the day I die. Other fashion additions include fauxhawk, pixie cut, and the absolute height of fashion: Jorts.

The net-related terms TL;DR, emoji, and hackerspace have been added, as have guac (short for guacamole), apols (apologies), grats (congratulations), vom (vomit), and srsly. Srsly. They’ve added srsly. Those are all just shortened forms of words!

I’m not going to argue with space tourism (“the practice of travelling into space for recreational purposes.”), though. Because spaaaaace!

Regardless of your feelings on twerk being added to the dictionary, I suggest you take some me time (another new addition—”time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others, seen as an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy.”) and watch this video of Morgan Freeman reading Oxford’s official definition of the word. Twerking has never sounded so dignified.

(via: Geekosystem, Mediaite, The Guardian)

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  • Rebecca Pahle

    Thanks. Piece has been edited to correct the error.

  • Robert Vary

    “Those are all just shortened forms of words!”

    You know, this reminds me of this time I was riding in a taximeter cabriolet and saw an advertisement on the side of an omnibus for a cellular telephone company. I wish I’d written down their electronic mail address….

  • athenia45

    I’m totally ganking that image….

  • Rebecca Pahle

    You have my blessing.

  • frodobatmanvader

    Not only is “twerk” a stupid-sounding word, but the dance it refers to is not even remotely attractive.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The “attractiveness” of a dance is A) completely irrelevant to whether it should be in the dictionary or not, and B) completely subjective. Some people think it’s great! Who cares?

  • Dessa Brewington

    Hasn’t “girl crush” been around for like a decade? Seems like it should have been added a while ago.

  • Dessa Brewington

    I, for one, love twerking. It’s impressive and hilarious.

  • frodobatmanvader

    If you’ll all excuse me, there are some steps I need to go over…

    Step 1: grab leg by ankle and lift, until foot is parallel to face.
    Step 2: open mouth (though if you are using these steps, it’s most likely open already)
    Step 3: Insert foot, toes-first, into mouth. Allow foot to remain there until your brain kicks in to remind you that, yes, you have said something stupid.
    Step 4: Think *really hard* before ever saying such a stupid thing again.

    …I’ll try to actually think about what I’m saying first next time.

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  • Anonymous

    double denim

    It’s not called a Canadian tuxedo anymore? Look, our only other contributions to fashion are flannel and the toque. Just let us have this one.

  • Aundrea Singer

    I grew up in Canada (CANUCK!), and I have never, ever heard of this being called a ‘Canadian Tuxedo’. On the other hand, I’ve never heard of a ‘Texas Tuxedo’ either.

    And don’t forget ‘hockey hair’. :)

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    I grew up in Canada (CANUCK!), and I have never, ever heard of this being called a ‘Canadian Tuxedo’. On the other hand, I’ve never heard of a ‘Texas Tuxedo’ either.

  • MeatyStakes

    I dunno, regardless of how one feels, “Twerk” is a word that describes something that didn’t had a fitting descriptor, so it its mostly necessary, even to say “twerking is so embarrassing”

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    We’re THIS close to Newspeak, you bastards.

  • Robert Vary

    Man, I keep getting a lot of spiced ham replies to this comment. Thanks for catching them all quickly, moderators!