Today, when we hear the term "vulgar", we think of horrible language - swearing and the like. At one time, the more common definition of vulgar was this ~
•common: of or associated with the great masses of people;
•common: being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language
So. We see that vulgar also means simply common. A bit uneducated, rough around the edges and unsophisticated. (yes, I know that is an incomplete sentence. I know. It bugs me too, but since I know the rules, I can break them.)
Sort of like the Greek language in which the Scriptures were written - God made sure His very word was written in common vernacular. "Vulgar" Greek.
Only the religious object to the "vulgar" in that sense. Even today, it is only. the. religious.
Religious high brows would never think of raising their voices or truly doing community with common people. No, they exist to help and benefit the common man. Self aware magnanimity, which is no real largeness of soul at all.
I ran across a quote today by Dorothy Sayers - somewhat of a heroine of mine. She was an incredibly astute thinker. In this particular piece, she was writing about the Latin language, and the way it ceased to "morph" and adapt to changing times, and thus became what some mistakenly consider a "dead language".
But the quote - Sayer's line of thinking - makes me consider other than just the Latin language. Here is the quote:
"Contamination" and "barbarism" are one set of names for (the fact that language adapts to vernacular and even slang): another name is "vitality". Everything which is alive tends to break out into vulgarity at times. Only the dead and embalmed can preserve forever their changeless marmoreal dignity."
Know what else this makes me think of? (My mind is forever at the mercy of its associations. But that is okay - Robert Frost considered this an indication of keen creative intelligence...)
"The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children."
Very God laid aside His Great Glory...and "broke out into vulgarity" to become a man. Alive...He is alive!