Oxford names 'vape' 2014 Word of the Year

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February 24, 2017
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The Oxford Dictionaries named "vape" 2014's Word of the Year.

Oxford defines the verb as "to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device." It was added to the dictionary in August. Vape can also be used as a noun for the e-cigarette and for the act of inhaling itself.

"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 explained on the OxfordWords blog announcing the decision.

Runnerups included "budtender" (n. a person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop) and others.

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