Thursday, November 20, 2014

Oxford Word of the Year 2014


verb meaning to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device

According to Oxford, use of the word vape has doubled in the past year, peaking in April 2014 when the U.K.’s first "vape cafĂ©" opened and when New York officials banned indoor vaping.

Honourable Mentions include:

bae n. used as a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner.
budtender n. a person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop.
contactless adj. relating to or involving technologies that allow a smart card, mobile phone, etc. to contact wirelessly to an electronic reader, typically in order to make a payment.

indyref n. an abbreviation of ‘independence referendum’, in reference to the referendum on Scottish independence, held in Scotland on 18 September 2014, in which voters were asked to answer yes or no to the question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’

normcore n. a trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement.

slacktivism n. informal actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website; a blend of slacker and activism.

The definition of “vape” was first added in August, 2014.

The Oxford 2013 word of the year was "selfie" -a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically taken with a smartphone shared via social media.
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