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If you saw the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday and you were confused, or perhaps, scared by what Miley Cyrus was doing, it's called twerking.

Now, the popular dance move has twerked its way into the Oxford University Dictionary. And no, not because of Miley Cyrus.

"Our editorial process is months ahead of when things get published online. So it was back in the spring that we had twerk on our watch list," says Katherine Martin of the Oxford University Press.

It's a verb meaning to "dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."

The word actually goes back To 1993 when it was used in a rap video.

"The artist is called DJ Jubilee and the song title is Jubilee All," remembers Martin.

Other words being added include phablet, meaning phone and tablet, and fauxhawk, a fake mohawk.

Definitions also change too. Click the link on the right to see a recent change to the definition of "literally."

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