Oxford Dictionaries have recently averred the word vape as the word of the year 2014. The meaning of the word vape is
vape, verb: Inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.
vape, noun: An electronic cigarette or similar device; an act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device..
The word has been used more than double the times it was used in 2013. The word smoking was used widely, but with the advent of electronic cigarettes or vape lexicon, the use of this term has burgeoned rapidly.
Casper Grathwohl, President of the Dictionaries Division said, “We’ve been tracking the rise of the word ‘vape’ with interest and it definitely peaked this year. ‘Vape’ “sat at the center of several rich cultural conversations: the debate over private versus community rights; regulation and public health; and our relationship to our visible vices. Given the booming e-cigarette market sector, expect to hear more from ‘vape’ in the years to come.”
Some more short-listed words of the year according Oxford dictionaries are:
bae, noun: Used as a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner.
budtender, noun: A person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop.
contactless, adjective: 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, noun: 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, noun: A trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement.
slacktivism, noun, 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.