Vape Is Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of 2014
Vape has beat out several other new words such as ‘slacktivism’ and ‘bae’ to take the crown of Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2014, having grown steadily as a part of English vocabulary, reflecting the rise in popularity of the electronic cigarette.
Defined as a verb and a noun, to vape as stated in the Oxford Dictionary is to ‘inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device’. It was selected by editors and experts from a shortlist, compiled by scanning the 150 million words in the English lexicon used each month into a database, with software applied to identify new and emerging usage and patterns.
Emerging from a gap in the lexicon to incorporate a new invention and technology, distinguishing it from regular smoking, vaping was chosen as it reflected part of society in 2014 as well as having the potential to be a word of cultural significance. The usage of the word showed a rapid increase in 2014, spurred on by growing numbers of celebrities taking up vaping.
Although the word and even e-cigarettes themselves have become a recent phenomenon, the first usage of the word dates back to 1983, where a New Society article described and theorised about a ‘non-combustible cigarette’. It was then used throughout the 1990s on online services such as UseNet, before crossing over to the mainstream when e-cigarettes began to take off in 2009.
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