Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

Oxford Dictionaries has announced that vape is its word of the year for 2014. Vape

originated as an abbreviation of vapour or vaporize. The OxfordDictionaries.com definition was added in August 2014: the verb means ‘to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device’, while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape. The associated noun vaping is also listed.

See the announcement post for a thorough explanation of how vape was chosen.

The shortlist for word of the year honors included bae, budtender, contactless, indyref, normcore, and slacktivism. These are also explained in the announcement post.

Leave a comment to tell us about a word that you think deserved consideration.

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