What a way to wrap up a great year - the word vape has been chosen by Oxford Dictionaries to be the word of the year for 2014! It was added into oxforddictionaries.com in August and is now being considered for inclusion in the supremely prestigious Oxford English Dictionary.
While it's true that "vape" been a buzzword for a long time, you may be surprised to learn that the word existed way before the phenomenon took the world by storm. Although electronic cigarettes were not commercially available until the 21st century, a 1983 article in New Society titled Why Do People Smoke? contained what is believed to be the first known usage of the term. The author, Rob Stepney, was describing what was then a purely hypothetical device: “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.)”
So here's to Rob and another great year; love it, live it, vape it!