Oxford’s 2014 Word of the Year Is Vape
Oxford’s editorial staff says the word is tied to this year’s big debates about health and society.
Oxford’s lexicographers keep watch over billions of words every month—from literary novels to academic journals to blogs—and at the end of the year they put their brainy heads together to select a single word that best embodies the zeitgeist. Out of this year’s haze of nominees and debate emerged four little letters.
Oxford’s word of the year for 2014 is vape.