While “vape” might not show up on the SAT, the word has topped “bae” as the Oxford Dictionaries 2014 word of the year.
Oxford defines the word as either a verb meaning to “inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device” and as a noun meaning “an electronic cigarette or similar device; an act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.”
Research showed that the use of “vape” doubled in 2014 compared to the use of it in 2013, according to a press release from Oxford, since many people have switched to electronic cigarettes.
“We’ve been tracking the rise of the word ‘vape’ with interest and it definitely peaked this year,” Casper Grathwohl, president of the Dictionaries Division, said in The Wall Street Journal.
In August, “vape” was added to oxfordictionaries.com, but is still under consideration for the inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Last year’s word of the year was “selfie,” beating other words like “bitcoin” and “twerk.”
Runners-up to the word of the year included: bae, budtender, contactless, indyref, normcore, and slacktivism.