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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robert Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
Twerking. Thanks to popular culture the term – and gyrating dance move – is everywhere these days, especially on television. Now, “twerk” has been dubbed the "Top TV Word of the Year."
The Global Language Monitor (GLM), a Texas-based organization that tracks, analyzes and catalogues word usage trends around the globe, has just unveiled its annual list of the “Top Telewords of the Year.” The words are currently in use on today’s most influential screens – the television, computer, smart phone and tablet.
And this time, it looks like “twerk” came out on top.
GLM founder and president Paul JJ Payack says the term was made especially popular on television this year following that much-talked-about, overtly sexual performance by Miley Cyrus last month on the MTV “Video Music Awards.”
“Miley Cyrus’ sexually suggestive gyrations have many precedents in American popular music – from jazz to the jitterbug, Elvis’ swiveling hips to hip-hop – and now, twerking,” said Payack.
Other top TV words that made the cut include:
According to Payack, the words featured on this year’s round-up are hard to ignore, since they're often heard or read across several platforms.
“This is the first time we are recognizing words and phrases from all four screens of contemporary communications: the television, the computer, the tablet and the smart phone. Accordingly, this year's words have originated (and spread) from any of the devices to the others,” he said. “This year’s list reflects the massive, never ceasing, continuing flow of information bombarding people the world over.”
In previous years, other “top telewords” tracked by the GLM have included “Adorkable,” used by the TV shows “New Girl,” “Modern Family” and “Big Bang Theory,” the term “guido,” popularized by MTV’s “The Jersey Shore,” and “winning,” Charlie Sheen’s unforgettable 2010 catchphrase.