With Miley Cyrus’s raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday, it is a metaphysical certitude Americans will now be bombarded with pictures and discussions about twerking.
Doing his part Wednesday was guest HLN Morning Express co-host Morgan Freeman with a report on the Oxford Dictionary adding twerking as an official word (video follows with transcript and commentary):
ROBIN MEADE, HOST: This is my favorite story for you to read.
MORGAN FREEMAN: Okay.
MEADE: Okay, so with feeling.
FREEMAN: The word “twerking” has now been added to the Oxford Dictionary. Here's the definition they gave: “To dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance.
FREEMAN: The BBC reports “selfie” and “girlcrush” were also added.
MEADE: That was mean. Who added that story for Morgan Freeman to have to read?
MEADE: Twerking. You know about twerking?
FREEMAN: Twerking. I, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of it.
MEADE: What? That’s not true, you said it on the golf course yesterday.
FREEMAN: I did?
MEADE: [Laughs] Yeah, I’m pretty sure.
FREEMAN: Was I sober?
Nice work for a 76-year-old Oscar-winning actor, wouldn't you say?