And the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is…

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Vape.

Which describes the act of smoking an e-cigarette.

I had never once heard the word before yesterday’s announcement. Not once. Supposedly the use of the word doubled just from last year. Even though I didn’t hear it once in 2013 or 2014, but hey I’m not particularly interested in anything pertaining to cigarettes. Maybe that’s why I’m out of the loop on this one.

Last year’s word of the year was ‘selfie.’ Now don’t sit there and act like you don’t take selfies. Liar. At least it was a word that EVERYONE and their momma knew. But oh well. Obviously the people at Oxford Dictionaries know something I don’t.

The other words that were on the shortlist were:

Bae.

Budtender.

Contactless.

Indyref.

Normcore.

Slacktivism.

Again, I’d never even heard of any of these EXCEPT ‘bae.’ Seriously, this is in the same category as selfie. Everyone knows and says this now. Before reading at all about this year’s award I fully expected ‘bae’ to be recognized as the word of the year.

Do you use the word ‘vape’ often? I don’t. Do you recognize the other words on the shortlist?

You can click here for the definitions of all of the shortlisted words.

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