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On one hand, the Oxford Dictionaries Online added “twerk” to it’s list of English words in practical usages today. On the other hand, Urban Dictionary had twerk listed on their website back in 2012. Both are highly regarded, highly useful resources for modern terminology. But only one can come out alive in linguistics’ Hunger Games.

Sure, “twerk” may not exist in the official Oxford English Dictionary (sort of a cop-out, if you ask UD), but it still begs the question: who records the English language better?

 

TWERK

Oxford Dictionary

Definition: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance:
Usage: “twerk it girl, work it girl”

Urban Dictionary

Definition: The rhythmic gyrating of the lower fleshy extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal or laughter in ones intended audience
Usage: “Hey Girl, lets Twerk on the dance floor.”

VERDICT: Urban Dictionary (better vocabulary used in definition)

 

SELFIE

Oxford Dictionary

Definition: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website
Usage: “occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary” (*Ed Note: That was way harsh, Tai)

Urban Dictionary

Definition: A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by themselves. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.
Related: Myspace Face, Myspace Arm

VERDICT: Oxford Dictionary (no official usage for UD)

 

GIRL CRUSH

Oxford Dictionary

Definition: an intense and typically non-sexual liking or admiration felt by one woman or girl for another
Usage: “OMG, I have had a girl crush on her for years!”

Urban Dictionary

Definition: feelings of admiration and adoration which a girl has for another girl, without wanting to shag said girl. a nonsexual attraction, usually based on veneration at some level.
Usage: “I have a girl crush on a girl from a band. she can sing, she’s GORGEOUS, she’s doing an awesome degree and she’s intelligent. i want to BE her.”

VERDICT: Urban Dictionary (LOL OD USED OMG!!1!)

 

GUYLINER

Oxford Dictionary

Definition: eyeliner that is worn by men
Usage: “a glam rock singer with a banshee wail, guyliner, and black nail polish”

Urban Dictionary

Definition: Eyeliner for guys.
Usage: “Many of todays flamboyant rockstars, but most notably Brandon Flowers of the Killers, wear guyliner.”

VERDICT: Tie

 

FUCK

Oxford Dictionary

Definition: 1. (V.) have sexual intercourse with (someone); 2. (V.) damage or ruin (something).
Usage: (No official suggestions. They’re better than that.)

Urban Dictionary

Definition:

1. The universally recognized “F word”
2. N. Implying complete and utter confusion
3. N. a really stupid person
4. V. To procreate
5. adj. Can be used to modify any word for more passion
6. Int. Expresses disgust
7. Int. Expresses complete suprise [sic] and joy
8. adv. Can be used to make a command more urgent

Usage:

1. I do not accept the “F word” as your name
2. What in the fuck?
3. You stupid fuck!
4. I sugest [sic] we go fuck in your mothers bed while eating crackers and petting a cat name mittens!
5. This fucking guy was so fucking weird. He asked me if I was fucking insane.
6. Aw, FUCK!!
7. Holy fuck! You guys rock!
8. Just fucking jump before I fucking kick you in the balls!

VERDICT: Urban Dictionary (fuck yeah!)

WINNER: Urban Dictionary

 

 

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