vulgarism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

vulgar +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

vulgarism (plural vulgarisms)

  1. (grammar) A word or term that is considered offensive or vulgar.
    "Shit" is a vulgarism.
  2. A spelling, word, or phrase used in common speech that is considered improper or incorrect for formal communication.
    • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 1, page 233:
      We never descended to the vulgarism of a quarrel. People said that neither of us had a heart, but it appears to me that politeness is an excellent substitute.
    Editors of newspapers allow more vulgarisms to go to print today than they used to.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French vulgarisme

Noun[edit]

vulgarism n (plural vulgarisme)

  1. vulgarism

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