I read in the news that twerking and selfie have been added to dictionary recently. Did it give any origin? Is there any information or details about them?

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    The article mentions Oxford Dictionaries Online: twerk | selfie. The words don't appear in the online OED at the moment.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 9:01
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    It is saddening that 'twerk' is an official word now. Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 9:50
  • I have the same opinion @mikhailcazi Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 9:51

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They were both added to Oxford Dictionaries Online last month.

The origin of twerk is given as ‘1990s: probably an alteration of work’ and of selfie as ‘early 21st century: from self + -ie’.

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