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"Vape" Beat Out "Bae," "Normcore," And "Slacktivism" For Oxford Dictionary's Word Of The Year

Hey, anything is better than bae, right?

Posted on November 18, 2014, at 10:37 a.m. ET

Vape — which means "to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device" — has officially been named Oxford Dictionary's word of the year.

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According to Oxford Dictionary's blog, it was chosen because it's become an incredibly common word very quickly. The blog wrote that you're 30 times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago.

So what words were the runners-up? One was "bae," defined as "a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner."

"Slacktivism," defined as "informal actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement."

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And another was "normcore," defined as "a trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement."

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