Vaping is just one of the over 500 words that have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary as part of the almighty tome’s quarterly update, demonstrating the fast pace in the change of the English language and how vaping has become an accepted part of modern society.

Vaping (using electronic cigarettes) added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Alongside vaping, vape and vaper were added to the dictionary’s authoritative pages, establishing them as the official words relating to using electronic cigarettes.

Other 21st century pastimes were also added to the dictionary, such as photobombing and crowdfunding, with many of the new words added reflecting the growth in modern technology and digital culture, with the online community especially playing a part in the growth of vaping around the world.

Although it has only just been added to the dictionary, the word vape was first used back in the 1980s, with the idea of vaping existing before the actual phenomenon was invented. Derived from vapour or vapourising, it is used to differentiate the use of e-cigarettes from that of smoking (using regular tobacco cigarettes).

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