The Year of Vaping


The Oxford Dictionaries “Word of the Year” has been announced, and young people around the world will be called upon to explain the word “vape”—and its significance as part of cultural shifts surrounding marijuana and tobacco—to their older relatives in the coming days. The dictionary folks acknowledge that folks have been “vaping” since the early 1980s, but claim the word has now matured to the point of linguistic relevance. Thus,“vape” has claimed the prestigious title for 2014, beating out contenders including “slacktivism,” “contactless,” and “bae.”

Dinah Fay is a poet, copywriter, and social media maven living in Brooklyn. She is the co-host of the Brick City Speaks reading series in Newark, where she is pursuing an MFA in writing from Rutgers University. More from this author →