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 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 competition is inspired by the track "Scholarship" on his third album Stay Trippy , which contains the lyric "Keep twerking baby, might earn you a scholarship. The word was a runner-up to " selfie " in the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year The group was called "YouTube's foremost ass-shaking troupe" by gossip website Gawker. Outsiders speculate that the term is a contraction of " footwork " and repeat the notion that it is a portmanteau of the words "twist" and "jerk". In , the dance became a viral sensation beyond black culture. Popular video-sharing channels amplified interest since the advent of digital social media platforms. The popularity of the video, along with parodies and responses made by fans, influenced the song's re-emergence on the Billboard Hot The following week, American comedian and television host Jimmy Kimmel revealed the video was a hoax that he and his team had devised, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! This style of pelvic- and hip-isolated dancing is known as perreo or sandungueo associated with Reggaeton from Puerto Rico. The song, produced by Trampy, features a fast-paced electronic beat and is a composition about the popular dance craze twerking. Etymology[ edit ] 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.