bowdlerization love

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action or instance of bowdlerizing; the omission or removal of material considered vulgar or indecent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the deletion of all passages considered to be indecent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Expurgation of offensive or indelicate passages or words from an edited book or writing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of deleting or modifying all passages considered to be indecent
  • n. written material that has been bowdlerized

Etymologies

bowdlerize +‎ -ation (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Reuters spoke to Google, and the company responded in a statement that the enforced bowdlerization was indeed intentional:

    Nexus One @%&#! Censors Voice-To-Text Messages - The Consumerist

  • For this bowdlerization of the folk tradition -- deeply disrespectful to the people who created it, I may add -- Pete the tireless popularizer of fake folk music bears much of the blame.

    Jesse Larner: Pete Seeger, "Folk Music" and the Left

  • How coincidental that the Tate imbroglio should have taken place barely more than a month after the brouhaha stirred by the Yale University Press's bowdlerization of Jytte Klausen's book, "The Cartoons That Shook The World," to be published in November, after having excised the now infamous Danish cartoons as well as Gustave Dore's illustration of Mohammed for Canto 28 of Dante's "Inferno."

    Raymond J. Learsy: "Spiritual America": Censorship at Yale, and Now London?

  • It's actually a slight bowdlerization of a Tony Robbins quote - not that I'm a huge Tony Robbins fan, but this one's pretty good.

    Blogging the Bridge Conference: Integrating Social Media

  • Perhaps punishing Lucifee isn't such a bad bowdlerization?

    Why I hate my daughter's favorite movie.

  • Perhaps it was the bowdlerization that led to this usage, but even in the thirties some writers use the term "patriarchy" in a derogatory sense as the rule by male tyrants.

    "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

  • What I objected to was the bowdlerization of the biographical tradition.

    Keeping sex out of scholarship

  • Garner, always the character, once described the office of the vice presidency as being "not worth a bucket of warm piss" at the time reported with the bowdlerization "spit" and that his decision to take it in the first place was "the worst damn fool mistake I ever made."

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Englemann's work has quite clearly and unequivocally brought out the nature of Wittgenstein's well-known protestations against such a bowdlerization of his thoughts as that of Russell in his introductory essay to the Tractatus.

    Wittgenstein's Strategy

  • Already his work has weathered rejection by publishers, objection by printers, suppression by censors, confiscation by custom officials, bowdlerization by pirates, oversight by proofreaders, attack by critics, and defense by coteries -- not to mention misunderstanding by readers.

    James Joyce

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