Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2014

The Oxford Dictionaries picked their Word of the Year for 2014 to be (drum-roll) “vape”. Vape is used as a noun and a verb. As a verb, its definition is “inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device”. As a noun, its definition is “an electronic cigarette or similar device; an act of inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device”.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have gained much popularity in the last few years. These look like traditional cigarettes but do not emit smoke. They are battery-powered and give a person the feeling of smoking tobacco cigarettes. A person puffs out a vapor. When a person is using an e-cigarette, the person is not smoking, but “vaping”. E-cigarettes are a recent invention. They were invented by a Chinese man named Hon Lik in 2003.

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for last year was “selfie”.

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