n. the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)
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vulgar, vernacular, common
adj. being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language; "common parlance"; "a vernacular term"; "vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses"; "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"
n. a manner of speaking; "he spoke with a thick tongue"; "she has a glib tongue"
oral communication, voice communication, spoken language, spoken communication, speech communication, language, speech
n. (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
adj. following accepted customs and proprieties; "conventional wisdom"; "she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior"; "conventional forms of address"
conventional, ceremonious
adj. rigidly formal or bound by convention; "their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt"
adj. suitable for rough use; "a knockabout overcoat"; "a knockabout old car"
unstudied, familiar
adj. "lectured in a familiar style"
unwashed, vulgar, plebeian, common
adj. of or associated with the great masses of people; "the common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose"; "a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed masses"
adj. (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage; "patent ductus arteriosus"
bare, simple, mere
adj. unornamented; "a simple country schoolhouse"; "her black dress--simple to austerity"
matter-of-fact, prosaic
adj. not fanciful or imaginative; "local guides describe the history of various places in matter-of-fact tones"; "a prosaic and unimaginative essay"
conversational, colloquial
adj. characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation; "wrote her letters in a colloquial style"; "the broken syntax and casual enunciation of conversational English"
epistolatory, epistolary
adj. written in the form of or carried on by letters or correspondence; "an endless sequence of epistolary love affairs"; "the epistolatory novel"
adj. constituting or expressed in slang or given to the use of slang; "a slangy expression"; "slangy speech"
adj. not written as or intended to be literature; "subliterary works such as letters and diaries"
nonliterary, unliterary
adj. marked by lack of affectation or pedantry; "her talk was very unliterary"- W.D.Howells
adj. (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms; "the paper was written in formal English"
adj. not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes"
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