100 important words: bowdlerize

Means: To remove or modify the parts (of a book) considered offensive; to modify, as by shortening, simplifying, or distorting in style or content.
Review: Named after 19th-century Thomas Bowdler, who expurgated Shakespeare, and for that alone deserves to be forgotten. Avoid 'bowdlerize' because its practitioners are unlikely to understand it.
First Google link is to dictionary: Yes.
Example: Calls to bowdlerize "Louie Louie" were quickly silenced when no one turned out to be able to make out the lyrics.
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Washington Post6
New York Times10
USA Today2
Fox News1

Posted by cronopio at 03:16 PM, July 20, 2006