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Daemon
Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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bowdlerize

(verb) Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate.

Synonyms: expurgate, sanitize

Usage: The publisher refused to bowdlerize the classic novel, so the school board voted to place it on the district's banned books list.
MTC
Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 12:55:34 AM
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Bowdler announced his desire to make Shakespeare accessible "without incurring the danger of falling unawares among words and expressions which are of such a nature as to raise a blush on the cheek of modesty."

Some examples of alterations made by Bowdler's The Family Shakespeare:

In Hamlet, the death of Ophelia was referred to as an accidental drowning, omitting the suggestions that she may have intended suicide.
In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth's famous cry "Out, damned spot!" was changed to "Out, crimson spot!"
"God!" as an exclamation is replaced with "Heavens!"
In Henry IV, Part 2, the prostitute Doll Tearsheet is omitted entirely; the slightly more reputable Mistress Quickly is retained.

(http://www.digplanet.com/wiki/Thomas_Bowdler)


mangezi
Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 1:25:10 AM

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I only came to know Tolkien's first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring, was bowdlerized when I read note in The Lord of the Rings, and had to re-read the original volume: "...Tolkien experienced what became for him a continual problem: printer's errors and compositor's mistakes, including well-intentioned 'corrections' of his sometimes idiosyncratic usage..."
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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 3:07:46 AM

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Find and enjoy Jasper Fforde's 'Thursday Next' books.
TheParser
Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 6:21:22 AM
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1. As Admiral Nelson lay dying, he reportedly said, "Kiss me, Hardy." Of course, such words were not considered suitable for teenaged boys to hear, so it was changed to "Kismet ["fate"], Hardy."

2. Mr. Edward Gibbon, the famous historian, solved the problem of what to do with indelicate material: he put it in Latin.
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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 2:02:55 PM

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Who's worse: Thomas Bowdler or "Guy Montag?"
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