Vape is Oxford Dictionaries 2014 Word of the Year.
According to the Oxford Dictionaries people, and really everyone else, in fact those guys probably knew this last, vape is a verb that means “to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” Isn’t that nice of Oxford to acknowledge vape like that? Realistically, it was impossible for them to ignore because the likelihood of you hearing the word vape is now 30x higher than it was just two years ago.
Vape beat out other words like “bae,” “normcore,” “budtender,” and “slacktivism.” Bae (before anyone/anything else) is a term of endearment, it’s kind of like babe or boo, but those two are better. Normcore is a trend where you make a fashion statement by wearing something ordinary/unfashionable, cool. A budtender is someone who works in a marijuana shop tending and serving bud. And slacktivism is a definition used to describe online actions that support a political or social agenda but doesn’t require anything further than clicking “like” (or commenting, etc.) on social media, basically you didn’t do much but you didn’t not do anything. Vape is solid, but my hunch is that every group of friends has at least three words they’ve invented or customized that blow these candidate-words out of the water, and you should feel free to share them with us.
Last year, “selfie” won. Imagine if bae ever won? I give bae another 6 months before it’s covered in dust.