Slang vs. Vernacular

Slang vs. Vernacular — Is There a Difference?
ADVERTISEMENT

Difference Between Slang and Vernacular

Slangnoun

Language outside of conventional usage.

Vernacularnoun

The language of a people or a national language.

A vernacular of the United States is English.

Slangnoun

Language that is unique to a particular profession or subject; jargon.

Vernacularnoun

Everyday speech or dialect, including colloquialisms, as opposed to standard, literary, liturgical, or scientific idiom.

Street vernacular can be quite different from what is heard elsewhere.

Slangnoun

The specialized language of a social group, sometimes used to make what is said unintelligible to those not members of the group; cant.

Vernacularnoun

Language unique to a particular group of people; jargon, argot.

For those of a certain age, hiphop vernacular might just as well be a foreign language.
ADVERTISEMENT

Slangnoun

Any long, narrow piece of land; a promontory.

Vernacularnoun

(Roman Catholicism) The indigenous language of a people, into which the words of the Mass are translated.

Vatican II allowed the celebration of the mass in the vernacular.

Slangnoun

A fetter worn on the leg by a convict.

Vernacularadjective

Of or pertaining to everyday language, as opposed to standard, literary, liturgical, or scientific idiom.

Slangnoun

A counterfeit weight or measure.

Vernacularadjective

Belonging to the country of one's birth; one's own by birth or nature; native; indigenous.

a vernacular disease
ADVERTISEMENT

Slangnoun

A travelling show, or one of its performances.

Vernacularadjective

(architecture) Of or related to local building materials and styles; not imported.

Slangnoun

A hawker's license.

Vernacularadjective

(art) Connected to a collective memory; not imported.

Slangnoun

A watchchain.

Vernacularnoun

a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves);

they don't speak our lingo

Slangverb

To vocally abuse, or shout at.

Vernacularnoun

the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)

Slangverb

to sell especially illegal drugs

Vernacularadjective

being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language;

common parlancea vernacular termvernacular speakersthe vulgar tongue of the massesthe technical and vulgar names for an animal species

Slangnoun

informal language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions; often vituperative or vulgar;

their speech was full of slang expressions

Slangnoun

a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves);

they don't speak our lingo

Slangverb

use slang or vulgar language

Slangverb

fool or hoax;

The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyoneYou can't fool me!

Slangverb

abuse with coarse language