Oxford Dictionary has announced that the word of the year for 2014 is vape. that’s right, V-A-P-E!
Would like to say were surprised about this, however we knew it was only a matter of time. Having been involved in the electronic cigarette business for years now and have witnessed the tremendous popularity, growth and expansion firsthand; we knew it was coming, one way or another.
But that is certainly isn’t to say we aren’t thrilled, because it sure is exciting to see the phenomenon of the electronic cigarette taking such a hold in popular culture that the act of using electronic cigarette, hence vaping, or the act of using an electronic cigarette to vape, has now been entered into the English language’s official dictionary. It is now officially evident how cemented into popular culture these incredible alternatives to traditional cigarettes have become.
Per Oxford Dictionaries, vape precisely means “to inhale or exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device,” with origins as an abbreviation of the terms vapor and vaporize.
Other words that were running in contention for the semantic title include “bae” and “bud tender” however the tremendous popularity and use of vaping devices has become so widespread and mainstream that it just makes perfect sense for 2014.
The usage of electronic cigarettes in major cities has spread to such a degree that they have become as commonplace as traditional cigarettes. The industry expects that within 10 years, e-cigarette usage will surpass tobacco, so it clear how much staying power these devices are set to have.
In choosing this year’s word, the dictionary team, combined with advice and direction from lexicographers, consultants, marketing, editorial and publicity staff narrowed it down to “vape” “to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance,” the dictionary said.
“You are thirty times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year,” Oxford Dictionary editors remarked when they announced the selection.
Vape fam, we’ve come a long way! Vape proudly everyone, knowing we’re getting official recognition!