The Oxford English Dictionary has nominated the 2014 word of the year, and it’s vape. The term can be used as a noun for an e-cigarette or similar devices, but is more commonly used as a verb to inhale or exhale the vapor that is made by an e-cigarette or similar devices.
The Oxford English Dictionary says that we are 30 times more likely to hear the ward vape than we were two years ago. The word has gone up in trends along with the multi-million dollar e-cigarette industry. Vaping has replaced the word smoking because not only is it healthier than smoking a cigarette, it also doesn’t hold the same negative competition.
The 2013 word of the year was selfie. Many thought that the Oxford English Dictionary would continue the trend and pick the runner-up word bae, a word used as a term of endearment for a significant other.
Other words that were contending for the word of the year were slacktivism, a noun combining slacker and activism meaning informal actions performed via internet in support of a political or social cause; Normcore, a trend where ordinary, bland, unfashionable clothes are worn to make a statement; Budtender, a person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop; and lastly Indyref, an abbreviation of “independence referendum” made popular by the referendum in Scotland on September 18.
All of these words have been added to the dictionary this year by popular use and high trend rates. The decision ultimately came down to the editors, lexicographers, and other staff members, and vape is the winning word of the year.