Miley Cyrus appropriated the dance in a video that was uploaded first to Facebook and then You Tube in March.
Though twerking began trending as a web search in November 2011, and despite its origins in the bounce culture of New Orleans in the late 1980s, the word twerk would be added to the Oxford Dictionary Online as those outside the culture questioned the popularity of the booty-popping dance that showed up across social media feeds worldwide.
", a call-and-response dance song dedicated to twerking.
In 2011, a group of female dancers who call themselves the Twerk Team and have posted several videos of themselves twerking on You Tube were mentioned during the song "Round of Applause" by Waka Flocka Flame featuring Drake, in the line "Bounce that ass, shake that ass like the Twerk Team".That year it became the top "What is" search on the Google search engine.The Oxford English Dictionary defines an 18th century use of the work as a blend of "twist" and "jerk," which was reported by the BBC in conjunction with the black cultural context, but this seems to be an erroneous connection or a false cognate.footwork" and repeat the notion that it is a portmanteau of the words "twist" and "jerk".The word was a runner-up to "selfie" in the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013.Historically and currently, similar styles of booty-shaking are found throughout the continent of Africa as well as the African and Afro-Latin diaspora.
Twerking can be said to be indirectly linked to African cultural dancing without any direct connections between people from Africa.