Vape Ranks 3rd Most Used Word of 2014 Behind Things That Aren’t Exactly Words
Every January, the Global Language Monitor puts out its list of most used words of the previous year. This year, Vape has made its first appearance on this list ranking as the third most used word of 2014. The only “words” to beat it were the heart emote (<3) and the hashtag symbol (#).
This isn’t much of a surprise. The past year has been a meaningful one for electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. In addition to being named Oxford’s word of the year, Vape was also added to Websters Dictionary. As well, the politics and arguments surrounding the industry hit a fever pitch as evidence is beginning to suggest that teens are picking up e-cigs now more than tobacco cigarettes. It also looks like the industry nearly tripled in size over the last year (maybe more).
Meanwhile, it’s hard to beat things that one might hardly call words. Hashtag landed the third spot in 2013 only losing to Fail and 404 (again, an unusual “word” which landed the top spot).
There’s a lot to be said about the evolution of language with regards to symbols landing the first and second slot, but it is notable that vape is the highest ranked word that isn’t normally used as a symbol. It highlights just how much this new innovation has infiltrated our lives and the enthusiasm with which individuals on both sides of the debate use and reuse the word.
Ranking words that fell behind Vape for 2014 include nano, photo bomb, transparency, sustainable, clickbait, and comet.