In a sign of the times, though I am not entirely certain it is a good one, the word of the year is a term used in electronic cigarette smoking. This news came from CNET in their article, “Inhale Oxford’s Word of the Year: ‘Vape’.”

If you’ve ever used electronic cigarettes, you’ll be happy to know that your demographic is now celebrated by Oxford Dictionaries. “Vape” has been tagged as the Word of the Year. It means “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device; while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape.”

What words did vape beat out in the competition? There was normcore, defined as boring clothing worn as a fashion statement and slacktivism, which is defined as “informal actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement.”

Last year’s word of the year was selfie. It is unclear to me where we are headed for 2015. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I could go for some more photos.

Melody K. Smith

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