Every year, Oxford Dictionary declares a word of the year that has, for better or worse, infiltrated and diluted the English language lexicon.
This year, they have gone with “vape.” Last year, it was “selfie,” and in 2012 it was “GIF” (even though that’s an acronym, not even a fucking word).
According to the Oxford Dictionary blog, “vape” originated as an abbreviation of “vapor” or “vaporize.” It means “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” Both the device used and the action completed can be refered to as a “vape.”
“Vape” was chosen because the word has significantly grown in popularity in conjunction with e-cigarettes.
“Vape” has been added to the Oxford Dictionary Online, but not the actual printed dictionaries that still somehow exist. The printed version is filled with more traditional verbiage.
Other words being added to the online dictionary include:
bae, n. used as a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner.
budtender, n. a person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop.
contactless, adj. relating to or involving technologies that allow a smart card, mobile phone, etc. to contact wirelessly to an electronic reader, typically in order to make a payment.
indyref, n. an abbreviation of ‘independence referendum’, in reference to the referendum on Scottish independence, held in Scotland on 18 September 2014, in which voters were asked to answer yes or no to the question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’
normcore, n. a trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement.
slacktivism, n., informal actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website; a blend of slacker and activism.