The 2014 Oxford Word Of The Year Is (Drumroll Please)

November 18, 2014


Vape. *Womp womp* The Oxford Dictionary (not to be confused with Merriam-Webster, who will release their own disappointing word of the year soon) chose vape as its 2014 word of the year. Pretty weird considering my spell-check doesn't even recognize it as a word at all. The other contenders:

bae, noun:

term of endearment for one's romantic partner

budtender, noun:

A person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop

contactless, adjective:

Relating to or involving technologies that allow a smart card, mobile phone etc. to contact wirelessly to an electronic reader, typically in order to make a payment

indyref, noun:

The referendum on Scottish independence, held in Scotland on September 18, 2014, in which voters were asked to answer yes or no to the question "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

normcore, noun:

A trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement

slacktivism, noun, informal:

Actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website

Wow, those all suck pretty bad. Still, vape? Call me old fashioned, but *puffing on Sherlock Holmes pipe* actually, that's it -- just call me old fashioned. Now, *waxing handlebar mustache* has anyone seen my penny-farthing? I swear I chained it to the hitching post outside the saloon and I need a ride to the butcher.

Thanks to E V I L A R E S, who is so evil he wanted the word of the year to be murdermurderdeathanddestruction.

  • S.M. Archer

    Bae? Is this where society is headed? Where's the time machine? I'd rather live in an age where death by scurvy is more common than this nonsense.

  • BeastmanAIDS

    It sounds like a word that would only be popular with people that also use lexiconic abortions such as "aks".

    Idiots. The word I'm looking for is idiots.

  • S.M. Archer

    Should have seen this coming the first time I heard a grown man yell "ey' bae bae" at a girl across the bar. At first I thought he was saying "Bay, Bay" as in, "look at the bay" which confused me because there was no body of water for 30 miles. But as I read this article, guess it makes sense, even though it is absolute retarded. There is no need to shorten things that do not need to be shortened. There should be a license to breed.

  • Proteon

    Where the hell would Webster learn all these godamn stupid words?

    Webster: We learned them from watching you

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Recepient of the slap I'm going to give to whoever found those words on some blogs and proposed it to Oxford.

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