Journal of Popular Music Studies. Without knowledge of its historical or cultural roots in New Orleans and links to a diaspora of styles of dance, the trend was discussed in ahistorical ways. The earliest use of the word "twerk" on record was produced in a local New Orleans recording by DJ Jubilee. Archived from the original on May 8, Retrieved September 14,
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Archived from the original on The Oxford English Dictionary defines an 18th century use of the word 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. The Oxford Dictionaries blog states, "the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to "work it". The clip was shared by users overtimes, and users created their own responses and parodies featuring the song, collected under the hashtags " dontdropthat" and " thunthun". Retrieved April 27, The New York Times.