Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 23:44:41 -0500 From: "Jeutonne P. Brewer" Subject: Re: vernacular I'm glad to hear that you are working on the subject of the meaning and value associated with the word "vernacular." As I mentioned earlier, I don't like to use the word. I think the reason is explained, in part, by the etymology of the word. The Random Huse Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (c 1987-1996) lists this etymology: < L vernacul(us) household, domestic, native (appar. adj. use of vernaculus, dim. of verna slave born in the master's household, though derivation unclear) My Webster's New World Dictionary, College Edition states