Oxford Dictionary Names Word of the Year
The Oxford English Dictionary just announced their word of the year, and it's . . . VAPE.
They define vape as, quote, "to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device."
Here are the five runners-up . . .
Bae - "A term of endearment for one's romantic partner, likely a shortening of baby or babe, though some theorize it is an acronym for 'before anyone else.'"
Budtender - "Someone who works at a medical marijuana dispensary or retail marijuana shop."
Contactless - An adjective, "describing technologies that allow a smart card, etc., to connect wirelessly to an electronic reader, typically in order to make a payment."
Normcore - "A fashion movement in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate statement."
Slacktivist - "One who engages in digital activism on the Web which is regarded as requiring little time or involvement."
There are a few more didn't make the cut - polar vortex, conscious uncoupling, and ice bucket challenge.
If you remember correctly, last year's word of the year was selfie.
Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com will release their list of favorite words in the next few weeks.
What do you think of their choice for word of the year?