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The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2014 is vape, but before we announced the word, we took to the streets of Oxford…

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Conscious uncoupling, smugshrug, and parcelcopter: blips on our radar in 2014


Yesterday the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was revealed to be vape, and we also explored the shortlist. Over the…

Vape infographic
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Infographic: a closer look at the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014


The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2014 is vape. Our infographic below explains the history of vape and why we’ve…