Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: noun

A word or phrase offensive to good taste.

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Usage examples "vulgarism":

  1. In a fix Many persons instead of saying " He is in trouble," or " He is in an awkward position," or " He is perplexed," or embarrassed, employ the vulgarism, " He is in a fix." - "Slips of Speech", John H. Bechtel.
  2. Or, again, he may omit the comma, and say, " I saw the thing what I wanted to see;" but this, if it be not a vulgarism, will only mean, " I saw the thing to be what I wanted to see." - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.
  3. And now when you come to print these fragments, would it not be well if you were to stoop to the vulgarism of prefixing some word of introduction, as other people do, you know, ... - "The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846", Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett.