The Oxford English Dictionary has announced a new word of the year for 2014 and it’s vape. This is an odd word for Oxford to choose for their word-of-the-year but if you look at the vape trends infographic on VaporizerWire.com, you might understand why these word was selected. While this could be a publicity stunt, it could also be attributed to the quickly rising popularity of vaping, as indicated in the aforementioned infographic. The infographic, for those who choose not to actually take a look at it, graphs interest in the phrases vape, vaporizers, vaporizer, and vaping over the years and it clearly shows a spike in interest for the phrase vape, whereas vaporizer has actually declined in recent times. So it looks like it has been decided, “vape” will be the de facto term. Seemingly reiterating what the infographic visually conveyed, Oxford Dictionaries wrote on their blog:
“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.”
The reasoning above is but a glimpse into the elaboration offered on the company’s official blog where they’ve divulged their reasoning for selecting this particular word from their shortlist of contenders.
Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigs, have quickly risen in popularity over recent years and this spark in interest has resulted in words like “vape” becoming much more common. In addition to the e-cig types of vapes, which are generally associated with being disposable vapes in the sense that they are not designed to be refilled, there are refillable vaporizers which offer vapor connoisseurs the opportunity to supply their own blends.
With vaporizing on the rise, it really isn’t all that much of a surprise to find Oxford’s new word of the year is a vaporizer related term that, according to OxfordDictionaries.com means: the verb means ‘to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device’, while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape. The associated noun vaping is also listed.
Oxford Dictionary went onto explain in their blog post that the topic of vaping had been debated in numerous publications including The Telegraph, The Washington Post, and BBC. By the look of things, it’s just a matter of time before federal regulations are enacted, as vaping bans have already been passed on some local levels, such as in New York City and Los Angeles.
What do you think, is “vape” truly the word of the year or should the honor have gone to a less controversial word?