A few days ago I made the case that local news was likely to offer more positivity than national news. Today Peg and I are writing about local news stories and sadly it is far from town crier material! The BBC Oxford homepage shouts of doom for businesses and tales of murder, sex offenders and animal cruelty.
But the top story today? It’s a goodun. The Oxford dictionary has a new word… Twerking.
Thanks to my daily injection of Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw on my drive to work I am aware of twerking. The breakfast show (which increasingly makes me feel like I should be listening to radio 2) ran a feature on it a few weeks ago in which various truck drivers and other burly men went on camera to display their skills at the move to the woman who made it big – Miley Cyrus.
And just in case this word making its Oxford debut wasn’t enough you may be interested to know it is not the only word to have been added to the famous pages! Other new additions include ‘selfie’, ‘dappy’, ‘girl crush’ and… most alarmingly, ‘vom’.
This is headline local news? Other than it being the Oxford dictionary, how is this in any way relevant to the town of Oxford and its people?
Sometimes our world is bizarre.