Oxford Dictionaries announced today that its International Word of the Year for 2014 is “vape”, a word that, language research conducted by the editors reveals, has doubled in usage during 2014 when compared to 2013.
With the growing popularity of e-cigarettes the word, which describes the inhaling of the vaporized nicotine, has also increased in common language to differentiate it from traditional smoking of tobacco cigarettes.
I found it to be an interesting convergence that, while I was sitting with Cindy in the waiting room of a tire dealer today reading about the announcement of Oxford Dictionaries International Word of the Year for 2014 on my iPhone as our car was getting new tires, the service desk attendant was enjoying his own e-cigarette and “vaping” to his heart’s content.
Last year the Oxford Dictionaries International Word of the Year for 2013 was “selfie” and it wore its crown well. Perhaps “vape” will do the same.
Here’s a great infographic that Oxford Dictionaries produced for its International Word of the Year for 2014.