One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting or relating to the kind of language used by ordinary people; colloquial or demotic.
- ‘The enchorial language was not placed on sacred edifices.’
- ‘One cannot avoid being astonished at his making out the meaning of an Enchorial manuscript of some length, without the help of any translation.’
- ‘The Greek papyrus contains the translation of a deed of sale, the text of which, in enchorial characters, is on a papyrus at Paris.’
- ‘The writing is enchorial, but of a form so closely allied to hieroglyphics that it shows how the one passes into the other.’
- ‘Difficulties of no ordinary kind presented themselves to all who had applied to make out even the second, or enchorial inscription.’
Early 19th century: from Greek egkhōrios ‘in or of the country’ (from en- ‘within’ + khōra ‘country’) + -al.
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