Posted by AES Web Team on August 19, 2014
Starting this year, when you crack open a version of the Oxford-English Dictionary, you’ll find a new word in the “V” section. That’s right, we’re talking about vaping! It seems as though vaping culture has become so popular, it now has its own terminology that’s recognized within the natural English language. But, what does this mean for the vaping industry and its culture moving forward?
Here to stay
First and foremost, it’s a solidification of something that we’ve all known for quite some time now: that vaping is here to stay. Scholars don’t just add words to the dictionary on a whim—there has to be a substantial prevalence in modern speech for a word to even be considered. The addition of vaping means that it’s now recognized as a term that’s here to stay, along with the action it implies.
Separation of smoke and vape
Having vape and vaping added to the dictionary also means that these terms are deemed separate from smoke and smoking. For years now, there has been a push to distinguish electronic cigarettes from traditional smoking, however that struggle has been made all the more difficult by terms like “ecig” and “e-smoking.”
Vaping as its own term now holds some leverage and can help reverse the misappropriation of the link between ecigs and traditional cigarettes. Now, you’re not “e-smoking,” you’re vaping—something substantially different in the world of vernacular description!
Furthering the cause
Playing off that last point, about the separation of smoking and vaping, the addition of vaping terminology to the dictionary also boosts the cause of many vaping advocate groups. In the past, vaping has come under intense scrutiny for its visual likeness to smoking, which has made it harder and harder for pro-vaping legislation to pass—instead, we’ve been faced with bans and other anti-vaping movements because of its perception.
Solidifying new terminology for the act of using a personal vaporizer means that it’s no longer so easy as to classify vaping and smoking as one in the same—especially if you’re writing a law that’s adverse to it. Now, even if you’re against vaping, you’re going to have to clearly annunciate that this hobby is different than smoking, which could be enough to stifle the witch-hunt against vaping by those who don’t fully understand it and have thus far refused to!
Power in words
The power of words is something that’s often tremendously overlooked when it comes to the seemingly trivial. Sure, vape and vaping have now been added to the dictionary… so what? Well, for starters, all of the reasons we’ve listed above are cause to celebrate!
And, don’t forget that some words have completely changed our everyday vocabulary. Remember when “Googling” became a verb? Now, you don’t search for something online anymore: you Google it. Let’s see what kind of impact the addition of vape and vaping can have!
“The words. Why did they have to exist? Without them, there wouldn't be any of this.” - Markus Zusak
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