The New York Times. Retrieved 21 August Retrieved September 21, Archived from the original on May 2, It became the number one "What is" Google search that year  as those outside the culture questioned the popularity of the dance. 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".
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Twerking can be said to be indirectly linked to African cultural dancing without any direct connections between people from Africa. On July 9,a video was posted on the Twitter -owned video sharing service Vine entitled "Twerk Team", which featured a group of five women provocatively twerking to " Don't Drop That Thun Thun ". Archived from the original on May 8, Retrieved October 5, Retrieved September 21,