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You'll shake your head when you see what word is now in the Oxford English Dictionary

You'll shake your head when you see what word is now in the Oxford English Dictionary
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What do hashtag, app and Y2K have in common? They're all past Oxford Dictionaries International Words of the Year. Every year, the wordsmiths at Oxford pick the term that's attracted the most attention or interest during the past year. Now, there's another word to add to the list. And, the Word of the Year for 2014 is - drum roll please - vape.

Vape refers to those electronic cigarettes that are so popular nowadays. These e-cigarettes use a mist, also called vapor, to deliver tobacco to the user. Over the past year, e-cigarettes have taken off, but not without controversy. The CDC recently reported that e-cigarette use has tripled among teens in the past two years.

vape, verb
Inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device

vape, noun
An electronic cigarette or similar device; an act of inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device

While e-cigarettes have only been around for a few years, Oxford Dictionaries says the first use of the term "vape" happened all the way back in 1983 in an article called "Why Do People Smoke." But, the word didn't gain mainstream usage until 2009.

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