I think of vulgar language as that which is indecent, obscene or lewd. Most often it has a sexual connotation. Examples are heard regularly in rap music, stand-up comedy routines, popular movies, and yes, in some locker rooms, etc.
The language is offensive to all except the crass, and those who speak it. One pretty good indication of the vulgarity of a term is that it is never used or repeated in newspapers or broadcasts of the mainstream media; even when reportedly expressed by politicians or others in closed-door meetings. And, surely, some real vulgarity has likely been used in such meetings.
Hypocrisy abounds in the media characterization of Trump’s off-color remark — which by the way he probably made — as vulgar. If his wording is vulgar and worthy of such righteous condemnation, how can the media (broadcast and print) justify repeating the language over and over in its coverage? He apparently said it once, to great criticism. The broadcast and print media have repeated it multiple times, to no criticism.
I’ll refrain from describing this coverage with the off-color description it deserves.
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Gary Brennan, Arroyo Grande