It's a brave new world with a language all its own, says the Association of Mature American Citizens. The proof is in the Oxford Dictionary's pick for the 2014 Word of the Year-vape.

 

It's a verb, say the revered English lexicographers, and it means "to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette."

 

Vape beat out such new entries made this year as budtender. That is the new name for the person who serves you at a shop that sells marijuana. Then there's normcore, the somewhat contradictory term for the practice of wearing unfashionable clothes as a fashion statement.

 

And, in the same vein, the folks in Oxford added the word, slacktivism, a combination of slacker and activism. It refers to those who can't be bothered getting too involved in a social or political cause.

 

Is it likely that a slacktavist might benefit from a vape or two as a means of cutting back on visits to the local budtender, asks AMAC.