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vernacularism

[ver-nak-yuh-luh-riz-uh m, vuh-nak-] /vərˈnæk yə ləˌrɪz əm, vəˈnæk-/
noun
1.
a vernacular word or expression.
2.
the use of the vernacular.
Origin of vernacularism
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; vernacular + -ism
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  • I thought that rather a vernacularism, if there is such a word, as soon as I had said it; but I didn't stop to apologize.

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British Dictionary definitions for vernacularism

vernacularism

/vəˈnækjʊləˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
the use of the vernacular or a term in the vernacular
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