‘Vape’ named word of the year ahead of ‘bae’ and ‘normcore’

Vape is officially Oxford Dictionaries‘ international Word of the Year, beating contenders like bae, slacktivism, indyref, contacless, and normcore. According to the recent announcement, usage of the word has more than doubled since 2013 in tandem with the growing prevalence of vaporizers, which many believe to be a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. Oxford Dictionaries‘ editorial director Judy Pearsall attributes the popularity of the term to recent debates about e-cigarettes and their adoption by celebrities like musician Aaron David Ross. Vape joins an illustrious circle, which includes the likes of ‘Selfie’ and GIF.

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