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Oxford Dictionaries names 'vape' as the word of 2014

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Welcome, friends to the intersection of stories about silly words and stories about electronic cigarettes. Every year, Oxford Dictionaries chooses a single word that defines the world that we live in, and the word that defines 2014 is vape. The term fought off strong competition from bae, contactless, normcore and slacktivism to emerge as the winner. It's been a big year for electronic nicotine delivery systems (as they're officially named), since some medical professionals came out in favor of it, saying that it's less harmful than the real thing. That feeling wasn't shared by the World Health Organization, however, which wants e-smoking regulated in the same way as cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos. We're going to go out on a limb and say that 2015's word will probably describe the antsy feeling you get when you can no longer vape in public spaces -- does Vanger work for y'all?

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