Oxford Names 'Vape' Word Of The Year
After a year-and-a-half of controversy and health concerns, "vape" emerges victorious as Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year.By Mikah Sargent | November 17, 2014
It's that time of year again: when Oxford Dictionaries synthesizes a year's worth of words and crowns one the champion. This year's Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is ... vape.
The word is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it refers to the electronic device — usually an e-cigarette — used to vaporize a substance for inhalation. As a verb, it means to inhale and exhale the vaporized substance produced by the e-cigarette. (Videos via YouTube / PDX1K, YouTube / Abby Vapes)
Oxford Dictionaries' editorial team says it chose "vape" because of the word's growing popularity over the past year and a half. Media interest in London's "The Vape Lab" — the first U.K. e-cigarette coffee shop — and controversy surrounding the health and safety of vaping have driven the word into the mainstream.