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 Yahoo.com, 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.”