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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Definitions for vernacularize

  1. to translate into the natural speech peculiar to a people.

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Citations for vernacularize
In the lively urban capitals of the Indian print industry (Calcutta, Bombay, Madras), major debates and experiments were taking place on how best to vernacularize and make Indian a foreign form that had already proven so successful among readers. Priya Joshi, In Another Country: Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India, 2002
It is not enough simply to mobilize the masses; to sustain that mobilization, to turn 'masses' into 'nations', it is first necessary to 'vernacularize' them and thereby bestow a unique identity and destiny upon them. Anthony D. Smith, National Identity, 1991
Origin of vernacularize
Vernacularize came to English in the early 1800s from the Latin vernāculus meaning "household, domestic, native."