And the 2014 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is…

Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Year, fun and humor, woty 2014, language popularity,

Move over selfie, you’re so 2013. The Oxford Dictionaries 2014 Word of the Year (WOTY) is…

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year, fun and humor, woty 2014, language popularity, vape

Huh? Obscure was my first thought. Lame was my second. According to the website:

What does vape mean?

So, what does vape mean? It originated as an abbreviation of vapour or vaporize. The OxfordDictionaries.com definition was added in August 2014: the verb means ‘to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device’, while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape. The associated noun vaping is also listed.

The shortlist of close, but not quite, words:

  • Bae (see below)
  • Budtender
  • Contactless
  • Indyref
  • Normcore
  • Slactivism

Check out the full post and definitions here.

My Take

My choice, which I believe is at least more interesting, is BRUMAL. Since polar vortex is two words, the 2014 WOTY should be brumal because a huge portion of this year’s news and conversation consisted of talking about the existing or upcoming wintry weather. It’s also a good looking and sounding word.

Words and phrases that should be deleted [according to me] from English language banks: Bae, +1, awesome, [anything]-porn, yeah no, and lastly, conscious uncoupling.

There you have it.

What do you think of ‘vape?’ What’s your choice for the WOTY 2014?

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