The Word of the Year to Enter Oxford Dictionaries Is…
The word ‘vape’ is to be named the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year 2014.
Meaning to puff on the vapor from an electronic cigarette, it has soared in popularity in 2014 as smokers try to quit tobacco.
Language research found that the use of the word vape has doubled this year compared to 2013.
Bae, which is used as a term for a romantic partner and is popular on social media and hip-hop and R&B lyrics, was shortlisted, along with indyref which is used to describe the poll on Scottish independence.
Vape entered the website OxfordDictionaries.com in August and is being considered for entering the future editions of the official Oxford English Dictionary.
The word dates back to the 1980s. Its earliest known use is in an article titled Why Do People Smoke? in New Society in 1983 in which the author, Rob Stepney, used the word to describe a hypothetical device that was being researched at the time.
“An inhaler or non-combustible cigarette, looking much like the real thing, but…delivering a metered dose of nicotine vapor. (The new habit, if it catches on, would be known as vaping)”.
Shortlisted words this year was also ‘normcore’, a trend in which ordinary and unfashionable clothing becomes a fashion statement.
Others were ‘contactless’, to pay via an electronic reader, and ‘slacktivism’, actions performed on the Internet in support of a noble cause, but requiring very little effort.