'Vape' Is Added to Oxford Dictionaries…Finally

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Oxford University Press has updated its dictionaries to include very important words that we use basically every day, like "vape" and "binge-watch."

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In order to keep up with and properly reflect language trends, Oxford editors track 150 million English words used online or in print and from there decide which words are used frequently enough to merit a dictionary entry.

"These are words that are common enough that you are likely to encounter them, and may have to look up their meanings," said Oxford Dictionaries editor Katherine Martin.

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Along with "vape" and "binge-watch," editors have also added words like "Paleo diet" and "listicle."

"For some of these, we will say 'What was that?' in a decade. Others may become the next selfie," Martin said.

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""For some of these, we will say 'What was that?' in a decade. Others may become the next selfie," Martin said."

I would love to see a list of pop-culture words that were added in the past that are now arcane enough as to be totally inscrutable to modern readers. I guess we need those words defined all the more.

I have already said the word "vape" several times today as I finally found our vaporizer. It's a fun unpacking game I play with my SO: how did he label the box that contains our illicit items? In the last move we finally uncovered it in a box labeled "Bedside Lamps." This morning I found it in a box marked "Russian book and magazines." Let the vaping recommence! I vape, you vape, we vape, they vape!