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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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vernacularver‧nac‧u‧lar /vəˈnækjələ $ vərˈnækjələr/ noun [countable usually singular]  1 SLLa form of a language that ordinary people use, especially one that is not the official languagein the vernacular Galileo wrote in the vernacular to reach a larger audience. He lapsed into the local vernacular (=language spoken in a particular area).2 a style of building, music, art etc that is suitable for ordinary peoplevernacular adjective vernacular American speech vernacular architecture
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vernacularThus, the potential for this kind of reversal is always likely to be present in vernaculars.It is bad when the inevitable exclusiveness of vernacular becomes the reason for using it.And there may be preferred slinging techniques, attendant rituals and even a subcultural vernacular associated with the activity.In many cases this is quite unlike the vernacular of the parents' country or countries.in the vernacularAnd literacy, at least in the vernacular, could certainly be acquired without the aid of schooling.He spoke with many pauses so that the translator at his right could convey the message in the vernacular.This liturgical pattern was also repeated in the vernacular literature produced by the Franciscans and aimed at stimulating lay piety.Hymns were sung in the vernacular, ecclesiastical corruption and the worship of images were renounced.I grew up on the streets and am well-versed in the vernacular Talkshitonics.It never, however, approved the celebration of the Mass wholly in the vernacular, Eucharistic prayer and all.As with Galileo, he wrote in the vernacular to reach a larger audience.
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