vernacularism

[ ver-nak-yuh-luh-riz-uhm, vuh-nak- ]
/ vərˈnæk yə ləˌrɪz əm, vəˈnæk- /

noun

a vernacular word or expression.
the use of the vernacular.

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Origin of vernacularism

First recorded in 1840–50; vernacular + -ism
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Example sentences from the Web for vernacularism

  • 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.

    Options|O. Henry

British Dictionary definitions for vernacularism

vernacularism
/ (vəˈnækjʊləˌrɪzəm) /

noun

the use of the vernacular or a term in the vernacular
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