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Inhale Oxford's Word of the Year: 'Vape'

Slang terms "clickbait," "normcore," and "mansplain" lose to "vape" as Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year, which proves electronic cigarettes might not be a drag.

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If you've ever used electronic cigarettes, you'll be happy to know your demographic is now celebrated by Oxford Dictionaries. "Vape" has been revealed as its Word of the Year.

Vape means "to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device; while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape."

According to Oxford Dictionaries, usage of the word "vape" spiked in April 2014 when New York City banned indoor vaping and the UK opened it's first vape cafe -- The Vape Lab -- in London, which made the term a clear winner for its Word of the Year title.

In June, CNET reported that with the rise in popularity of of e-cigs, electronic pot smoking may not be too far behind, thanks to a Dutch company that claimed to have created the first legal e-joint.

Vape beat out an unusual list of contenders including normcore (boring clothing worn as a fashion statement); slacktivism ("informal actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement"); and budtender ("a person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop").

Last year, " selfie" was the word of the year in the Oxford Dictionaries. In 2012, the word of the year was " GIF."