What gives a textbook editor the right to bowdlerize
some of the best-loved literary works in history?
It seems to me that if you are going to bowdlerize
, you shouldn't then criticize your contributors for not being sufficiently sexy.
He gave the English language the word "bowdlerize
The word attack may seem a bit heavy-handed, but what else can be said of the revelations in John Allen's account (see page 3) of a group that met behind closed doors in the Vatican to bowdlerize
the inclusive-language biblical translations that scholars, liturgists and the majority of the U.S.
Thomas Bowdler, the English editor who around 1820 rewrote Shakespeare and the Bible to delete their objectionable passages, gave our language its word for arbitrary expurgation, bowdlerize
. The crusades of Anthony Comstock, the man whose raised eyebrows had the power to prevent booksellers from handling many books and magazines in nineteenth century America, gave us Comstockery, a synonym for overzealous censorship.
The word bowdlerize
was current by the mid-1830s as a synonym for expurgate, and it is now used in a pejorative sense.
That one consequence of such an approach was to bowdlerize
and gallicize Johnson's Preface to Shakespeare, of course, hardly mattered.
the beer with cheap ingredients and corner-cutting production methods."