Sunday, November 23, 2014

Oxford Dictionaries’ “Word of the Year”

From msn news:

Oxford Dictionaries picked "vape" - the act of smoking an e-cigarette - as their new word of the year on Tuesday, with the affectionate "bae" and the more pragmatic "contactless" as runners-up.

"Vaping has gone mainstream," with usage doubling in 2014 compared to 2013, editorial director Judy Pearsall said.

"The language usage of the word vape and related terms in 2014 has shown a marked increase" due to celebrities "vaping" and "growing public debate on the public dangers and the need for regulation", she said.

The word, which was first used in the 1980s, can be employed as a verb to mean inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by electronic cigarettes but also as a noun to refer to the devices themselves.

You can read more here. Oh, am I out of touch. I have never heard of “vape” or “bae” until now.


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