“Vape” Definition Added to Oxford Dictionary

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If you follow our blog much, you know that we like to post pieces aimed at improving your vaping enjoyment and keeping you in the loop—for instance, troubleshooting tips, how to’s and the latest research on digital cigs from around the world. But occasionally we come across a story that isn’t necessarily “useful” or “informative”— it’s just cool.

Like this, for example:

Once every few months or so, Britain’s prestigious Oxford University Press convenes to decide what new words should be added to the online version of the Oxford Dictionary. And word on the Associated Press newswire is that the ‘vape’ definition has officially made the cut.
Now, when you look up ‘vape,’ ‘vaping’ or ‘vaper’ on Oxford Dictionary Online, here is what you’ll find:

Vape (pronunciation: vāp)

VERB – An act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device (Example: I’d rather people vaped indoors than smoked outside; many smokers have started vaping e-cigarettes to help them cut down; my cravings went away as soon as I took a vape.)

NOUN – An electronic cigarette or similar device (Example: I’ve been using a vape now for 15 weeks.)

Like us, you may be picturing some guys in robes sitting around a circular table and determining the future of the English language by candlelight– however, the process is actually very official. The words are chosen based on their usage and frequency online, in newspapers and other sources. Only those terms which the council believes will stand the test of time are added.

“These are words that are common enough that you are likely to encounter them, and may have to look up their meanings,” said Oxford Dictionaries editor Katherine Martin.

Oxford researchers say that the usage of the terms “e-cig” and “vape” have increased tenfold in the past two years, clearly reflecting the sudden surge of interest and sales of digital cigarettes.

“The trend of e-cigarettes has created a sort of vocabulary around it,” Martin said.

However, it might not be time for a celebration just yet, as Martin said that acceptance into the online dictionary does not guarantee a permanent entry into the traditional Oxford English Dictionary.

“For some of these, we will say ‘What was that?’ in a decade. Others may become the next ‘selfie,’” she said, referring to last year’s most popular addition. “The English-speaking public will choose.”

That sounds like a challenge to us. So speak up fellow vapers, and let’s spread the word about vaping!

For some ideas, check out this glossary of common vaping terms from our sister-company, Eversmoke.

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