If you (like me) had no idea what this word meant, odds are you’ve taken the “just say no” approach to smokeless-tobacco.
But thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary, we now have a codified word for this newfangled mode of nicotine consumption. According to the OED, vape can be used:
A) As a noun for the e-cigarette itself: “Hey man, can I borrow your vape?”
B) As a noun for the action of e-smoking: “Hey man, can I take a vape off your vape?”
C) And as a verb: “No, you can’t vape off my vape because I prefer vaping solo.”
(Note that as I write this, my word processor keeps putting giving vape the red squiggly underline, or autocorrecting it to tape. C’mon spellcheck – get with the times!)
I was going to post some of Oxford’s past “Word of the Year” winners, but I was actually more impressed by the American Dialect Society‘s list (though they haven’t released a 2014 word yet). It’s incredible how one well-chosen neologism really does capture the atmosphere of the year it represents. Check these out: Continue reading “And the Word of the Year is… “Vape””