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Vulgarity ( adjective : vulgar ; synonymous vulgar ) usually used as adjectives, the property of Un referred cultured , ordinary, Low or obscene. Vulgar in the latter sense particularly refers to language elements, behavioral patterns and actions that are considered contemptible or taboo against the background of cultural norms . For example, vulgar language , coarse manners and rowdy behavior or the intrusive display of wealth or sexual "virtues" are perceived as vulgar.

The Duden defines vulgarly as " educational language derogatory " for "in a repulsive way coarse and ordinary, vulgar " and "educational language" for "too simple and superficial; not scientifically presented, composed ”and vulgar among other things as“ mostly derogatory ”for“ very crude in his behavior, his way of expressing himself, kind, disregarding the limits of what is appropriate ”as well as“ of bad, cheap taste ”.


Vulgar implies a derogatory judgment - for example, as an expression of individual taste or social affiliation of the person making the judgment.

Basically, the word simply means simple (from French vulgaire "ordinary", derived from Latin vulgus or volgus "people"); thus also “the ordinary”, “that which comes from the common people (as opposed to the nobility )”. The term Vulgar Latin should also be understood in this sense : the Latin language of the common people.

“Vulgarity” in the narrower sense is then more likely to be attributed to the “ common people” (Latin: vulgus profanum ). In this context, the term is also understood as simple, superficial or (in scientific argumentation) as unscientific .

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Wiktionary: Vulgarity  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

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  1. vulgar . In: Duden online dictionary . Bibliographisches Institut GmbH - Dudenverlag.
  2. vulgar . In: Duden online dictionary . Bibliographisches Institut GmbH - Dudenverlag.