Vernacular, jargon, dialect

Today I stumbled upon the word vernacular, which means:

  • the standard native language of a country or locality
  • the everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language (also see: dialect)

Read more about Vernacular on Wikipedia. You can use more similar words to describe specific style of language. Notice that many of them are similar in Czech; that’s mostly because they originated in Latin.

  • dialect – dialekt
  • slang – slang
  • patois – nářečí
  • colloquial – hovorový
  • jargon, lingo – žargon

Vernacular is a broad term that can refer to many different types of language, both locally specific or colloquial.

By the way, Google has a new feature where they show you dictionary definition of words. Just search define:vernacular, it’s pretty fast and neat. It even shows you the etymological origins in Latin or how this word is being used.

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