vernacularism

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

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. vermouth,
  2. vermouth cassis,
  3. vern,
  4. verna,
  5. vernacular,
  6. vernacularize,
  7. vernacularly,
  8. vernal,
  9. vernal conjunctivitis,
  10. vernal equinox

Origin of vernacularism

First recorded in 1840–50; vernacular + -ism

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Examples 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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