'Vape' named word of the year

Electronic cigarette smokers unite

By Nalisa Alia Amin | Published: 19 Nov 2014

Word of 2014
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It's that time of the year again when the Oxford dictionaries choose their word of the year. For 2014, they have selected the word 'vape.'

If you're not sure what the bonkers vape means, don't feel left out. Not a lot of people know it either.

The Oxford Dictionaries added the word 'vape' into the dictionary back in August and it simply means "to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device."

It's been chosen as the word of the year because we've been seeing more people choosing to smoke... oops, we mean vape on vapour instead of cigarettes. According to the good people at The Oxford Dictionaries, usage of the word has more than doubled over the last year, and we're 30 times more likely to come across it than just two years ago. Better for our health too, and all that. 

Vape beat several words to triumph as this year's word victor. Here's a shortlist of other words that were in the running for Word of the Year.

Bae: A term of endearment which means 'Before Anyone Else'.

Budtender: Like a bartender, but for someone who works at a medical marijuana dispensary or retail marijuana shop. Not applicable in Malaysia.

Contactless: Describing technologies that allow smart card, phones and such to connect wirelessly to an electronic reader in order to make a payment.

Indyref: An abbreviated form of Scotland’s failed referendum to declare independence from the United Kingdom.

Normcore: A fashion movement in which ordinary, plain and anti-fashion clothing is worn to be fashionable. If that even makes any sense.

Slacktivist: One who engages in digital activism on the Internet which is regarded as requiring little time or involvement. Sounds like procrastination to us.


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