Times, They Are A Changin’: The 2014 Oxford Dictionaries’ International Word Of The Year Is…”Vape”


Vaping is synonymous with marijuana use and now, the word is officially part of the Oxford Online Dictionary.  “Vape” has been named the  2014 Oxford Dictionaries’ international Word of the Year.

According to an article in, the term is attached to the billion-dollar electronic cigarette industry, and Oxford defines it as:

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

Oxford actually added the word to its online dictionary in August and it is being considered for future inclusion in the print version.

An Oxford Dictionaries blog post said, “As vaping has gone mainstream, with celebrities from Lindsay Lohan to Barry Manilow giving it a go, and with growing public debate on the public dangers and the need for regulation, the language usage of the word ‘vape’ and related terms in 2014 has shown a marked increase.”

Electronic cigarettes were invented in 2003, but the earliest known usage of “vape” happened in 1983, when a writer described a hypothetical “non-combustible cigarette” that would deliver a “metered dose of nicotine vapor.”


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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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