- Middle English, from Latin vulgaris of the mob, vulgar, from volgus, vulgus mob, common people
- 14th century
1 a: generally used, applied, or accepted b: understood in or having the ordinary sense <they reject the vulgar conception of miracle
— W. R. Inge>2: vernacular <the vulgar name of a plant>3 a: of or relating to the common people : plebeian b: generally current : public <the vulgar opinion of that time> c: of the usual, typical, or ordinary kind4 a: lacking in cultivation, perception, or taste : coarse b: morally crude, undeveloped, or unregenerate : gross c: ostentatious or excessive in expenditure or display : pretentious5 a: offensive in language : earthy b: lewdly or profanely indecent
Words go in and out of fashion as their perceived phenomenological acknowledgment waxes or wanes within a culture. Many cultural trends like markets are only seen to be bubbles in retrospect.
In that vain I submit that America may discover a rising market in the recognition and acknowledgment of the concept and perhaps recognition of the concept of vulgarity. Conspicuous consumption, the cult of ever growing self importance matched only by its tiresome lack of taste may wane for a bit as a bit self awareness arises during a period of introspection and thought for others.
For those unaware of contemporary symbols of vulgarity, I submit the following images below.
Don't be embarrassed by the man, rather feel embarrassed by a culture that raised him to the levels he has achieved. The Donald would be just another Huckster without his audience and culture's support.
Trade recommendation: short vulgarity and self promotion or self-importance in all its forms personal professional. Long: patience, compassion, humility and consideration.
On my personal list of vulgar, anyone who yells on television or the media to be heard: all of CNBC, Fox, etc. anything bling, loud, action oriented cultures vs. thoughtful ones. Non-vulgar things include listening and thinking. Feel free to contribute your own non-vulgar or vulgar cultural artifacts and behavioural traits.