It’s what you call it when you puff on your e-cig or tank. And blow out all that lovely vapour.
Or as the Oxford Dictionary defines it: “to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” And Oxford Dictionaries has just named “vape” Word of the Year. The accolade follows the rise in popularity of e-cigs over the last few years.
So, where did vape come from?
You have to go back to 1983 for the origin of the word. In an article Why Do People Smoke?, Rob Stepney wrote about “an inhaler or non-combustible cigarette, looking much like the real thing, but…delivering a metered dose of nicotine vapour. The new habit, if it catches on, would be known as vaping”.
Well sir, it caught on. Research shows use of the word has doubled in the last year. And Oxford Dictionaries reckons you’re now 30 times more likely to see vape than you were two years ago.
As you guys well know, vape describes more than just the act of using of an e-cig. It affectionately describes your e-cigarette or tank. And many of you are proud to call yourselves vapers.
What did vape fight off?
Other words shortlisted include “bae” – a term of endearment between hubbies. “Indyref” – the wee version of Scotland’s independence referendum. And “contactless” – that swipe of your smart card to pay for something.
To claim Word of the Year, vape also fought off “normcore” – the trend of wearing deliberately fusty clobber as a fashion statement. And “slacktivism” – the feel-good act of supporting a noble cause online. Previous winners include “selfie”, “omnishambles” and “simples”.
The year of the vape
2014 has been a good year for e-cigs. blu™ e-cigs launched, as if you could forget, and the technology behind our signature blue LED tips recently won the Nobel Prize for physics.
So if you’re vaping as you read this, stop and appreciate your onto something pretty special. Okay, easy, remember to exhale.