Lexicographers for Oxford Dictionaries have named the word “vape,” meaning to inhale and exhale vapor from an electronic cigarette, as their word of the year for 2014, explaining that it “has been a lightning rod for a lot of discussion about the positions we want to take as a society.” What do you think?


“Can’t they wait until I learn all the words that already exist before adding new ones?”

Todd Robinson • Delivery Route Mapper

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“But it’s only November. Who knows what neologisms will be coined before the year’s end?”

Meryle Moore • Typeface Cataloguer

“This is about as bold a political statement as a dictionary company can make.”

Wilson West • Blinds Drawer