November 20th, 2014

Last updated on May 27th, 2019 at 11:38 am

Every year, Oxford dictionaries comes up with the word of the year. In 2012, the word was “hashtag”. In 2013, the word of the year was “selfie”. Well in 2014, it seems us vapers of all kinds have won and took home #1! The word of the year for 2014 is “vape”. The runner ups were “bae”, “budtender”, “contactless”, “indyref”, “normcore”, and “slacktivism”.

2014 Oxford’s Word of the Year – “Vape”

The word of the year which was added to there dictionary in August. The exact definition Oxford dictionary gave for vape, which is an shortened version of vaporize, was to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or vaporizer. It is defined as a verb but it can also be used a noun. Vaporizers are becoming used for more general uses rather than getting a bit of nicotine in you. You can now use them to vape dry herbs, concentrates and more.

Example of “vape” as a verb: “Don’t bother me, im going to my room to vape”

Example of “vape” as a noun: ”When we leave tomorrow morning, do not forget your vape”

Vape - word of the year 2014In 2014, the chances of coming across the word vape is 30 times more than it was in 2012. Since last year it has doubled in the use of the word.

The word vape actually came about in 2003 but with such a small vape community, there was no chance to even get as big as it is now. For the first 10 years, scientists, the governments, and even citizens did not know what to think of vaporizers. Despite the fact more and more were becoming vapers, they still did not trust the device. As time went on, more people urged vapes to go under studies and find the risks of it since it did not look like it was going out of style.

It first started in 2003 as a way to quit cigarettes which gave it the name electronic cigarettes. Since then it’s almost become a fashion sense for many and endorsements for celebrities. For many others, it is a lifestyle that they adhere too by joining communities of other vapers, sharing ideas and knowledge.

Many people have said the ride of vaporizers is due to the fruity flavors and colorful colors of the e-cigs. This is making many others fear that underage minors will get their hands on it because of the cool features. This is always objected with the question of “why is alcohol able to come in colored packages and fruity flavors?”

Definitions of the runner ups:

Bae: noun – Another for endearment to your significant other. Shortened version of babe. Also known to be an abbreviation for “before anyone else”.

Contactless: adjective – Using technology to get a job done wirelessly like making a payment with your credit card through your phone.

Indyref: noun – Abbreviation for Independence referendum which refers to the September 18 voting to make Scotland an independent country from the United Kingdom.

Normcore: noun – A Unisex trend in which you wear ordindary clothes as a new fashion statement.

Slacktivism: noun – Taking the lazy way of activism by only doing an online petition or joining a social media group.