Step aside, Miley! The word 'twerk' has shockingly old origins

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People in the 1820s Were Twerking Long Before Miley Cyrus

Even though Miley Cyrus may have made the word "twerk" mainstream after her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013, she's definitely not the creator of the word.

Oxford English Dictionary, which just added the word, says "twerk" actually dates all the way back to the year 1820.

This doesn't mean ladies and gents were getting down low, like Beyonce, all those years ago.

According to the dictionary, back in the 1800s, the word was spelled with an "i" instead of an "e" and it meant "a twitching, twisting, or jerking motion."

The Washington Post reports the first instance found of the word was in a letter written to Mary Shelley, the author of "Frankenstein," by her stepbrother.

Today's more commonly-known definition didn't quite come into existence until the 1990s, the dictionary says.

Now, the Oxford English Dictionary is kind of late to the party when it comes to adding the word "twerk" to its collection.

Dictionary.com and Oxford Dictionaries, which is not the same as Oxford English Dictionary, both added the term in 2013.

Oxford English Dictionary also added the words "retweet," "go fish" and "yarn bombing." 2015 — what a time to be alive.

Want more twerking? Check out these photos of Miley Cyrus performing:

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Step aside, Miley! The word 'twerk' has shockingly old origins
US singer Miley Cyrus performs on stage during her concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, on June 22, 2014, as part of her Bangerz Tour. AFP PHOTO / ANP / PAUL BEREGN ***Netherlands out*** (Photo credit should read PAUL BERGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Miley Cyrus performs on stage during her concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, on June 22, 2014, as part of her Bangerz Tour. AFP PHOTO / ANP / PAUL BEREGN ***Netherlands out*** (Photo credit should read PAUL BERGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Miley Cyrus performs on stage during her concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, on June 22, 2014, as part of her Bangerz Tour. AFP PHOTO / ANP / PAUL BEREGN ***Netherlands out*** (Photo credit should read PAUL BERGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Miley Cyrus performs on stage during her Bangerz UK tour at First Direct Arena on May 10, 2014 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images)
LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Miley Cyrus performs on stage during her Bangerz UK tour at First Direct Arena on May 10, 2014 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images)
LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Miley Cyrus performs on stage during her Bangerz UK tour at First Direct Arena on May 10, 2014 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images)
LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Miley Cyrus performs on stage during her Bangerz UK tour at First Direct Arena on May 10, 2014 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images)
LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Miley Cyrus performs on stage during her Bangerz UK tour at First Direct Arena on May 10, 2014 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images)
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