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Dear Abby Finally Addresses the Nation’s Twerking Epidemic

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Abby, you're probably getting trolled and we don't even care

In an era of advice columns tackling tough questions from people who fantasize about “group sex with old, obsese men,” it’s nice to see that Dear Abby has stayed relevant.

In her latest bit of advice to a (probably trolling) reader, our dearest of Abby’s clarified that no, twerking isn’t a dangerous drug. Instead, it is merely a dance fad.

A “Troubled Mom,” with enough internet savvy to email Abby but not enough to Google, wrote:

DEAR ABBY: I’m the happily married mother of two teenage boys. The other day I overheard my older son (age 17) talking with a friend about “twerking.” I have never heard of it and now I’m worried. Is twerking a drug term? Is it similar to “tripping,” “getting high” or “catfishing”?

My 17-year-old is supposed to go to Princeton next year on a sports scholarship, and I’m afraid “twerking” will derail him from his charted path. Thank you for any advice you may have. — TROUBLED MOM IN CONNECTICUT

As Deadspin pointed out, apart from the catfishing reference, the biggest giveaway that this letter is probably a lie was the fact that Princeton doesn’t give sports scholarships.

Still, Abby gave the questioner a very sincere response about how, “The ‘twerking’ your son was referring to is a dance move recently made famous by Miley Cyrus — in which the dancer (usually female) gyrates in a provocative, semi-squatting position that involves thrusting hip movements.”

Thanks, girl.

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