Vulgar Era

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Originated in Latin as aerae vulgaris (vulgaris from vulgus: "the common people", i.e. those who are not royalty) at least as early as 1615, long before vulgar came to mean "crudely indecent". Earliest English usage is 1635.

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Vulgar Era

  1. Common Era
    • 1635, Johann Kepler, Adriaan Vlacq, Ephemerides of the Celestiall Motions, for the Yeers of the Vulgar Era 1633...[1], retrieved 2007-12-18:
    • 1716, Humphrey Prideaux, D.D., The Old and New Testament Connected in the History of the Jews and Neighbouring Nations[2], Edinburgh: D. Schaw & Co., translation of from Oxford University Press, retrieved 2007-12-14, pages p 1 Vol 1:
      This happened in the seventh year after the building of Rome, and in the second year of the eighth Olympiad, which was the seven hundred forty-seventh year before Christ, i. e. before the beginning of the vulgar æra, by which we now compute the years from his incarnation.