It has been called e-smoking for want of a better term.
Now, the act of drawing on an electronic cigarette instead of burning a stick of tobacco has a proper name for it.
“Vape” has come up as the word of the year for The Oxford English Dictionary.
It replaced “selfie”, last year’s overwhelming pick.
“You are 30 times more likely to come across the word ‘vape’ than you were two years ago and usage has more than doubled in the past year,” Oxford editors said.
The rise of e-cigarettes was cited as the reason for the skyrocketing use of the word, along with countless debates over the safety of using it long term.
The word appeared to peak this year in April, when New York City banned vaping indoors and the United Kingdom opened its first vape cafe, The Vape Lab in Shoreditch, London, according to Oxford.
A 1983 article in New Society described the e-cigarette, which had not been invented, in as-yet hypothetical terms and appeared to be among the earliest references to the word vaping in that context, Oxford said.
It wasn’t until 2009 the term began to catch on.
OxfordDictionaries.com officially added the definition in August. The verb is defined as “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device”.
A derivative of vapor or vaporizing, the word can also be a noun describing the action and the device.
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