Sorry, bae: Oxford Dictionaries has chosen their 2014 word of the year, and it’s vape. That would be the term for using an e-cigarette to enjoy bursts of nicotine vapor, a form of nicotine consumption that saw increased popularity, and controversy, this year.
Though the Oxford Dictionaries editors can submit words for consideration and the final choice is made by editors, lexicographers and other staffers, the process is bolstered by the use of software that scans the web for emerging words, changes in word usage, and shifts in frequency. Scott has the lineup of this year’s surprising contenders for Oxford’s word of the year.
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