Twerking is another new word that has been popping up in my reading lately. Could it be something like “tweeting?” Once again, it was Google to the rescue, and boy, was I ever far off. Twerking is nothing like tweeting and I have to pass this on to keep you from embarrassing yourself in front of your grandchildren. You might just say something stupid like, “Hand me your cell phone—I need to twerk,” and they will fall over laughing at you.
Here is the online definition: “Twerking is a type of dancing in which the dancer, usually a woman, shakes her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the dancer’s buttocks to shake, wobble and jiggle.” This is often done with a boy standing close behind the behind. (Don’t blame me—I am just the messenger.) Remember when all we did was the box step?
Twerking is a subset of “booty shaking,” which, if you have never seen it, I recommend you look it up on YouTube for your edification. There are so many, I could not pick a specific example. Booty shaking is one of the truly amazing skills in the world, worthy of the Cirque du Soleil. Really, really amazing. As the old song says, “That’s gotta be jelly, ’cause jam don’t shake like that.”