2014 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year: Vape

2014 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year: Vape

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Have you heard the word? The word ‘vape’, that is. Apparently vape has been chosen as Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2014!

Oxford’s team of lexicographers (people who compose dictionaries) pour over billions of words every month—everything from academic journals to novels to blogs. Then, at the end of the year, they embark on the Herculean task of selecting a single word out of all of them that best encapsulates the defining spirit or mood of that particular year.

And this year’s chosen word happens to be a four-letter term you are probably very familiar with.

Vape, typically used as a verb to describe inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by a vaporizer cigarette or similar device,can also be used as a noun (as in: “Have you been to the new vape shop that opened up?”). According to Oxford’s calculations, usage of the new expression more than doubled between 2013 and 2014.

“I particularly love watching a word like ‘vape’ create linguistic knock-on effects like hearing the word ‘tobacco’ now used to qualify ‘cigarette,’” Casper Grathwohl, president of the Dictionaries Division at Oxford University Press told NPR. “But this year ‘vape’ also served as an insightful window onto how we define ourselves.”

Vape beat out other words major contenders, which included popular terms such as bae—a nickname for one’s romantic partner (as in “baby” or “babe”)—and normcore—a trend in which unfashionable clothing is worn as a statement.

So perhaps the sentence of the year would go something like, “Hey bae, want to change into normcore and go vape?”

A Clash of Terms

Words like vape and vaping are becoming much more widely used within the vaporizer cigarette community, gradually taking the place of older terms like electronic smoking, e-smoking and vapor smoking. Business owners and advocates of e-cigarettes are trying to distance their products from the bad reputation of traditional cigarette smoking and avoid confusion for consumers.

The argument against using ‘smoking’ to describe vaporizer cigarette usage is multifaceted. For one, e-cigarettes don’t create smoke. Secondly, vaping already has something of a public relations problem, and it’s possible that categorizing anything as “smoking” will simply cause people to make incorrect, knee-jerk assumptions about products they know little about.

Using the term “smoking” in reference to vaporizer cigarettes may also give politicians and legislators a stronger case for banning these devices that also look and seem like smoking.

While some people still don’t see the big deal in using smoking terminology to describe e-cigarettes, others argue that small connections, like what the lingo is, matter just as much as the big ones.

Whatever you choose to call it—vaping, e-smoking, vapor smoking, or any of the other many variants—we invite you to experience why VaporFi devices are different and stock up on all of your vaping supplies by visiting our online store today.

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