Service of Being Out of It: Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year
December 15th, 2014
Categories: English, Slang, Uncategorized, Words
Nobody ever called me hip but I try to keep up to date on words. I must have been wearing earplugs this year.
I became aware of how out of it I am when I heard on NPR that “Vape” is the word of the year according to The Oxford Dictionaries. According to NPR, “In case you’ve never frequented a vape shop, the word can apply both to breathing an e-cigarette’s vapor and to an e-cigarette device.”
I could have guessed what vape means but not the contenders: “bae” and “normcore.” NPR defined the noun “bae,” as a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner and “normcore,” as “a trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement.”
A person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop.
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.
The referendum on Scottish independence, held in Scotland on 18 September 2014, in which voters were asked to answer yes or no to the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
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.
Are you familiar with these words? Do you plan to add them to your vocabulary? Can you list other English words that I or others may not know?