Cool! Now once we identify the first woman to twerk we can put her on the ten dollar bill. From The Japan Times:
The word “twerk” dates back to as early as 1820, the Oxford English Dictionary said Thursday as it announced twerking as one of 500 new entries this year.
The word rocketed into popular use following U.S. singer Miley Cyrus’s controversial gyrating at a music awards performance in 2013.
However, research by the OED — which styles itself as the definitive record of the English language — found “twirk” was first used as a noun in 1820, referring to a “twisting or jerking movement.
The verb is believed to have emerged later in 1848, with the “twerk” spelling popularly used by 1901.
(Note: The picture above was taken right when it was getting tingly.)