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At our several get-togethers since then it had given me great pleasure to help interpret Faulkner for Sophie, not only by way of explaining parts of the occult Mississippi vernacular but in showing her some of the right pathways as she penetrated the wonderful groves and canebrakes of his rhetoric.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  a characteristic language of a particular group
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Vernacular is often used to reference an informal way of speaking (perhaps in a given geographic region) that is contrasted with more formal and/or written language. It can also reference the native language of a conquered people.  More narrowly, it can reference the technical terms used amongst practitioners of a particular trade or specialty.

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  • At our several get-togethers since then it had given me great pleasure to help interpret Faulkner for Sophie, not only by way of explaining parts of the occult Mississippi vernacular but in showing her some of the right pathways as she penetrated the wonderful groves and canebrakes of his rhetoric.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I thought about him in that way, to borrow a phrase from the middle school vernacular.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Sometimes, while the head sheds (that’s SEAL vernacular for our senior commanders) were studying a specific target, we were kept on hold.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "Hidy, Miss Eggers," he said, tipping an imaginary hat and sliding into the southern West Virginia vernacular.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky

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  • "So, what’s the vernacular then?" I say finally.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "Very well, then," said Ignatius Gallaher, "let us have another one as a deoc an doruis—that’s good vernacular for a small whisky, I believe."
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Monsieur my brother, doth it please you that I shall explain in good French vernacular that Greek word which is written yonder on the wall?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Lancelot looked at Sir Carados, and said in the vernacular: "Will you put that fellow down, and fight with me instead?"
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • A new wave of translations, such as George Chapman’s Iliad (1588-1611), brought Homer’s poems into the vernaculars.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Making straight for the steep cliff, where the churchyard hangs over the laneway to the East Pier so steeply that some of the flat tombstones, thruffsteans or through-stones, as they call them in Whitby vernacular, actually project over where the sustaining cliff has fallen away, it disappeared in the darkness, which seemed intensified just beyond the focus of the searchlight.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • It’s a patent absurdity on the face of it to hate people because they live round the corner and speak another vernacular, in the next house so to speak.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • At sunrise he summoned all hands; and separating those who had rebelled from those who had taken no part in the mutiny, he told the former that he had a good mind to flog them all round—thought, upon the whole, he would do so—he ought to—justice demanded it; but for the present, considering their timely surrender, he would let them go with a reprimand, which he accordingly administered in the vernacular.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Deo went to work at Partners In Health, becoming, in the organization’s vernacular, a PIH-er.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • At present there is only vernacular education at Mau.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • To use folk language, vernacular in a manner neither exotic nor comic, neither minstrelized nor microscopically analyzed.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • He talked to virtually no one but his horses, and then only in their vernacular of small gestures and soft sounds.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • In the complex vernacular of military euphemism, it was an inescapable summons.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • ’ "For" ’—Kim translated into the vernacular the clinching sentences he had heard in the dressing-room at Umballa—’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Now, in medical school, I saw patients who’d frozen to death, in the vernacular, come back to life when they were warmed up.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • It feels like the cabin of a small boat at sea, a cozy enclosure, where Farmer now sets to work on speeches and grant proposals, assisted by a young member of Partners In Health, a pih-er in Farmer’s vernacular, sent from Boston for this purpose.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The first was Rivenoak, who has already been introduced to the reader, while the last was called le Panth’ere, in the language of the Canadas, or the Panther, to resort to the vernacular of the English colonies.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • I must speak in the vernacular, to be comprehended.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • A Korean man, of his age, as part of the vernacular.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Kahaar relapsed into hedgerow vernacular.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • To him, Hunt was the janissary of a dead vernacular.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • She didn’t know a thing so rucked in the vernacular could have such an epic quality.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • This sudden switch to the vernacular of feelings made Hema’s lips tremble.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But, in the vernacular, she had accepted several rides from Steven Kemp, who was almost a stranger.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • In the vernacular, Dallas.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • The plain-spoken marriage services of the vernacular Churches will no longer be abbreviated and half suppressed as indelicate.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Geographers have divided it into four parts, and we had to cross the southwest quarter which in the vernacular is called Sudvestr Fjordungr.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • All the while, however, the "vernacular" speech of ordinary New Yorkers remained "r"-less.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • But we must keep alive in the vernacular the distinction between fashion, a word of narrow and often sinister meaning, and the heroic character which the gentleman imports.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Sometimes, from under the wimples, the mothers look up, and in the vernacular modestly bespeak their trade: in the bottles "honey of grapes," in the jars "strong drink."
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Thus I was given to understand that he was the captain, the "Old Man," in the cook’s vernacular, the individual whom I must interview and put to the trouble of somehow getting me ashore.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Scientific precedents have very little weight with them; they are never long detained by the subtilty of the schools, nor ready to accept big words for sterling coin; they penetrate, as far as they can, into the principal parts of the subject which engages them, and they expound them in the vernacular tongue.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • They were playing a soft cover-two defense and letting our receivers get a clean release off the line of scrimmage without bumping them too much, so we were able to take advantage of our "vertical" passing attack by completing deep passes downfield, or in the football vernacular "over the top" of the defense.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • "The vernacular tongue of the country," said Daniel Webster, "has become greatly vitiated, depraved and corrupted by the style of the congressional debates."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly termed) TRAILING Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her ignorance — her TRAIL might be clever, but it was decidedly not good-natured.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • (She could afford to slip into the vernacular became she had such eloquent command of English.) "I didn’t ask you to apologize in front of Marguerite, because I don’t want her to know my power, but I order you, now and herewith.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • It was while she was at the college of architecture that she met Larry McCaslin, who was in Delhi collecting material for his doctoral thesis on "Energy Efficiency in Vernacular Architecture."
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Isn’t it fascinating how these old tales make their way into the modern vernacular?".
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) liberally employed common vernacular language in Huckleberry Finn and thus, according to Ernest Hemingway, truly began American literature.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Do I use the vernacular now,—am I understood?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • ’The Search is at an end for me,’ shouted Kim in the vernacular.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • This stichic verse, a single unit repeated row on row, corresponds better to epic hexameters than the rhymed stanzas of lyrics or ballads that were first tried in vernacular epics.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Kim tapped his foot impatiently as he translated in his own mind from the vernacular to his clumsy English.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • ’I’d give a good deal to be able to talk the vernacular.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Of course, in common speech with the sailors and hunters, it sometimes fairly bristled with errors, which was due to the vernacular itself; but in the few words he had held with me it had been clear and correct.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Could rotary levers be substituted for two of the limbs, agreeably to the improvement in my new order of phalangacrura, which might be rendered into the vernacular as lever-legged, there would be a delightful perfection and harmony in the construction.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
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