Vape has beat out several other new words such as ‘slacktivism’ and ‘bae’ to take the crown of Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2014, having grown steadily as a part of English vocabulary, reflecting the rise in popularity of the electronic cigarette.
Defined as a verb and a noun, to vape as stated in the Oxford Dictionary is to ‘inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device’. It was selected by editors and experts from a shortlist, compiled by scanning the 150 million words in the English lexicon used each month into a database, with software applied to identify new and emerging usage and patterns.
Emerging from a gap in the lexicon to incorporate a new invention and technology, distinguishing it from regular smoking, vaping was chosen as it reflected part of society in 2014 as well as having the potential to be a word of cultural significance. The usage of the word showed a rapid increase in 2014, spurred on by growing numbers of celebrities taking up vaping.
Although the word and even e-cigarettes themselves have become a recent phenomenon, the first usage of the word dates back to 1983, where a New Society article described and theorised about a ‘non-combustible cigarette’. It was then used throughout the 1990s on online services such as UseNet, before crossing over to the mainstream when e-cigarettes began to take off in 2009.
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