09/05/2013 03:28 EDT

What Is Twerking? A History Of Twerk's First Two Decades (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform on stage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for MTV)

Last week was the twerkiest week of all time ever, even if it did fail to end on the promised world record-breaking "Twerk Wall" that twerk-presario Diplo had planned for the final day of Electric Zoo (which was cancelled due to two drug-related deaths earlier at the festival).

Miley Cyrus' twerk exhibition at the VMAs, of course, was ground zero for this seemingly sudden twerksplosion, though it was quickly followed by the inclusion of "Twerk" into the Oxford Online Dictionary and the leak of the new Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber single named, yep, "Twerk."

But what is twerking, you (and/or your parents) might wonder?

Well, for one thing twerking goes back two decades, during which it's been promoted by everyone from Lil Jon and Juicy J to Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and "American Idol" winner Fantasia and even gotten folks fired and expelled. So here's a brief history of what the famed British dictionary has now codified as: "Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."

Alright, let's get twerk.

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