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Vernac' is Bombay college lingo for a student schooled in an Indian regional language, a slang abbreviation of the word ‘vernacular’.

Usage

Pity Poor Mamta Kulkarni. She has only to appear on the sets for her co-stars to snigger behind her back… The word heard most often at these times is 'vernac.' An abbreviated form of 'vernacular,' it is used to sum up Ms. Kulkarni, who never went to convent (or public) school, doesn't know Tom Cruise from a Tom Collins, and speaks English with a ghaati accent… Mamta is left in no doubt about the fact that she is the odd one out in a club of insiders. (L. Khubchandani, The changing profile of the film stars, The Telegraph Magazine, April 28, 1996)
Added 2011-07-05 by porkipaya

Region

Bombai

Categories

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