Webtastic Wednesday- The word of the year is….

Annually, the Oxford Dictionary’s editorial staff selects a word of the year.  Last year, the prevalence of picture based social media like Instagram pushed the word “selfie” to the front of Oxford’s list.  This year, another socially charged topic took the top spot.  So drum roll please…the word of 2014 is vape!  Vape is in reference to the growing number of electronic cigarettes that are an ever-growing market and highly debated in the healthcare field.

To vape refers to the inhaling of vapor given off by e-cigarettes.

 While the term vape has been around for some time, Oxford editors noticed a dramatic spike in use from 2013-2014.  Other words that vape beat for the top spot include:

  • bae, a term of endearment for a significant other
  • budtender, a marijuana dispensary attendant
  • slacktivist, one who engages in activism, but online with little time or involvement

Just a friendly reminder- e-cigarettes (all types) are not allowed in John Tyler libraries, classrooms, student lounges, or other indoor facilities.  So vape on, just outside.

If you want more to read more on the word of the year, visit some of these articles for more information:

Time Magazine

USA Today 

National Public Radio (NPR)


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  1. Heather Busch

    This year’s list really surprised me! I must be getting old.

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