Bowdler lent his name to the English verb bowdlerise which means 'to remove words or sections from a book or other work that are considered unsuitable or offensive'. The derivative noun is bowdlerism. Some examples of alterations made by Bowdler's edition:
When someone thinks of bowdlerise, they likely think of modifying words and sentences to make them more "appropriate" for a certain situation or audience. But there's a more specific meaning of the word, which is to make a text or language less offensive. This can be done by changing specific words or phrases, or by removing entire sentences or paragraphs.
The reason why bowdlerisation is sometimes used is because certain words or phrases can be considered offensive and derogatory. For example, the word "faggot" is considered derogatory and is often bowdlerised to "gay".
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There are a number of options: you could burn the books, something Hitler suggested doing to Munro Leaf's The Story of Ferdinand, the pacifist bull, illustrated by Robert Lawson; you could ban the books as the BBC did with some of Enid Blyton"s books in the past; you could banish the books by removing them form public libraries as happens a great deal in the US, sometimes for hilariously inappropriate reasons, you could excise or alter such material and republish a bowdlerised version of the book - or of course you could do nothing at all.
PC/Woke isn't new. Thomas Bowdler published an expurgated version of Shakespeare's plays in 1807. Hence the term 'bowdlerise'. That was the same year that Charles and Mary Lamb's 'Tales from Shakespeare' was published, adapted for children. The Bard's plays had been adapted/modernised for various reasons since the 17th century. 041b061a72