Congrats, Stoners: Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of The Year Is For You

Beating out “Bae,” “Budtender,” “Contactless,” “Indyref,” “Normcore,” and “Slacktivism,” Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of The Year has officially been crowned! While they were all worthy contenders, this year’s pick was an obvious choice since it’s usage has more than doubled over the last year, and you’re 30 times more likely to come across the word than you were two years ago. So without further ado, the Word Of The Year is…

“Vape”! Oxford defines the verb as “to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” Vape can also be used as a noun for the e-cigarette and for the act of inhaling itself. While tons of people who have quit smoking turn to vaporizers as an alternative, let’s be honest … it’s a great way to smoke pot. And now that marijuana is a legal industry, vape’s popularity has just barely skimmed the surface. Curious about the runners-up? Here’s what they mean:

Bae: n. used as a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner.

Budtender: n. a person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop.

Contactless: adj. 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: n. an abbreviation of “independence referendum,” in reference to the referendum held in Scotland on Sept. 18, in which voters were asked to answer yes or no to the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Voters answered: No.

Normcore: n. a trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement.

Slacktivism: n., 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; a blend of slacker and activism.

[USA Today]