Vape is Oxford's 2014 Word of the Year

Vape is Oxford's 2014 Word of the Year
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Drumroll, please...Oxford has decided that the word of the year is "vape."

To vape is to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette. It's not a new word; as Time reports, it was first used in the 1980s when companies began to create prototypes of smokeless cigarettes. The word exploded over the past year, with Oxford figuring its usage more than doubled between 2013 and 2014.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.