vulgarism

vulgarism
a) A word or term that is considered offensive or vulgar.

"Shit" is a vulgarism.

b) A spelling, word, or phrase used in common speech that is considered improper or incorrect for formal communication.

Editors of newspapers allow more vulgarisms to go to print today than they used to.

See Also: vulgar, vulgarity

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  • Vulgarism — (also called scurrility) derives from Latin vulgun , the mean folk , and has carried into English its original connotations linking it with the low and coarse motivations that were supposed to be naturally endemic to the meaner classes, who were… …   Wikipedia

  • vulgarism — VULGARÍSM, vulgarisme, s.n. Expresie vulgară (1); cugetare vulgară. – Din fr. vulgarisme. Trimis de ana zecheru, 24.03.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  vulgarísm s. n., pl. vulgarísme Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  VULGARÍSM… …   Dicționar Român

  • Vulgarism — Vul gar*ism, n. [Cf. F. vulgarisme.] [1913 Webster] 1. Grossness; rudeness; vulgarity. [1913 Webster] 2. A vulgar phrase or expression. [1913 Webster] A fastidious taste will find offense in the occasional vulgarisms, or what we now call slang,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vulgarism — [vul′gər iz΄əm] n. 1. a word, phrase, or expression that is used widely but is regarded as nonstandard, unrefined, coarse, or obscene 2. vulgar behavior, quality, etc.; vulgarity …   English World dictionary

  • vulgarism — /ˈvʌlgərɪzəm/ (say vulguhrizuhm) noun 1. vulgar character or action; vulgarity. 2. a vulgar expression; a word or phrase used only in common colloquial, and especially in coarse, speech: *He was never known to utter a vulgarism, even when alcohol …   Australian-English dictionary

  • vulgarism — noun Date: circa 1676 1. vulgarity 2. a. a word or expression originated or used chiefly by illiterate persons b. a coarse word or phrase ; obscenity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vulgarism — /vul geuh riz euhm/, n. 1. vulgar behavior or character; vulgarity. 2. a vulgar expression; a word or phrase used only in common colloquial, and esp. in coarse, speech. [1635 45; VULGAR + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • vulgarism — Synonyms and related words: Babbittry, Gothicism, bad taste, barbarism, barbarousness, bombasticness, bourgeois taste, cacology, cacophony, camp, campiness, clumsiness, coarseness, colloquialism, corruption, crudeness, cumbrousness, dysphemism,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • vulgarísm — s. n., pl. vulgarísme …   Romanian orthography

  • vulgarism — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. slang, swearing, solecism; see curse 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A term that offends against established usage standards: barbarism, corruption, solecism. See STYLE …   English dictionary for students

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