It’s not a hazy outcome: “Vape” is 2014’s Word of the Year, according to Oxford Dictionaries.
In case you missed it:
“Inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device”
“An electronic cigarette or similar device; an act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device”
The OD’s editors claim that use of the word vape in 2014 has more than doubled over 2013, and further cite the increased prevalence of e-cigarettes as justification. Incidentally, “vape” has had a meteoric rise: It was only added to OxfordDictionaries.com in August 2014 – while it’s not yet in the Oxford English Dictionary, it’s currently being considered.
Interestingly, while e-cigarettes only date back to 2003, the word “vape” actually made its first appearance in 1983, in an article in New Society, explaining a then-hypothetical “‘non-combustible cigarette.” “The new habit, if it catches on,” author Rob Stepney explained, “would be known as vaping.”
“Vape” beat out “bae” (“noun: Used as a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner”), “normcore” (“noun: A trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement”), “slacktivism” (“noun: 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”) and a few others for the honor.
Check out the full list at the Oxford Dictionaries blog.