“Vape” was just named the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionary. How legit is that?
Our favorite activity now has a formal definition, which is “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” Oxford saw a huge spike in the use of the word this year, particularly in the spring. Even over the last few months we’ve seen more and more people vaping, talking about vaping, or just knowing what vaping is in general, and it’s awesome.
Upon announcing that vape would be crowned their Word of the Year this year, Oxford Dictionary also gave a bit of background on the word saying that it was used as early as the 1980s, which was even before the e-cigarette was even invented.
The Word of the Year announcement from Oxford always garners a lot of attention, which makes this even more exciting. Some other words that didn’t make the cut for the title included: bae, budtender, contactless, indyref, normcore, and slacktivism. Looking at them now, we’re totally not surprised vape came out on top – come on.