February 24th, 2009

Happy Fat Tuesday

vernacular [ver-nak-yuh-ler, vuh-nak-]

adjective
1. (of language) native or indigenous (opposed to literary or learned ).
2. expressed or written in the native language of a place, as literary works
3. using plain, everyday, ordinary language.

noun
1. the native speech or language of a place.
2. the language or vocabulary peculiar to a class or profession.
3. a vernacular word or expression.
4. the plain variety of language in everyday use by ordinary people.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vernacular


While Sacred songs are often sung in Latin, Secular tunes are always sung in the vernacular as their primary purpose is to entertain the masses.




I ended up taking out some of the definitions listed. I found them to be a bit confusing, and honestly, the definitions I provide here are how I've always heard the word used. Enjoy!