Oxford Dictionaries has selected “Vape” as 2014’s Word of The Year. So vape em if you got em! Or whatever. As you probably know, the word is a verb or a noun, and refers to the act of using an electronic cigarette or the actual e-cig itself.
Vape has been around since the early 80s but only recently took off; along with the e-cig trend. “A gap emerged in the lexicon, as a word was needed to describe this activity, and distinguish it from ‘smoking,'” said the Oxford editors, in their announcement. “The word vape arose to fill this gap, and it has proliferated along with the habit.”
If you don’t like vape, we don’t blame you. However, it’s certainly better than some of the words it beat out, like “Bae.” You know how we feel about that word. Below are other words Oxford considered.
A person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop.
Relating to or involving technologies that allow a smart card, mobile phone, etc. to contact wirelessly to an electronic reader, typically in order to make a payment.
The referendum on Scottish independence, held in Scotland on 18 September 2014, in which voters were asked to answer yes or no to the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
A trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement.
slacktivism, noun, informal:
Actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website.