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To The Editor Of The Mail [Aug. 25th, 2013|10:30 am]
Tony Grist
If you print the word "crap"  as "c----" aren't you in danger of making your readers envisage a much tangier word?

I know I did.

Censored words draw attention to themselves. In this case I puzzled over it for a good half minute.  The speaker was Bob Dylan. I know he's a poet, I know he has a way with words, but one does expect him to be idiomatic.

Then the light dawned

I suppose it's just possible the phrase you were drawing a veil across was "a load of cunt", but I don't think so, really.

[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2013-08-25 04:52 pm (UTC)
The Telegraph did exactly the same, same Dylan quote presumably, and I had exactly the same initial reaction!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-25 06:00 pm (UTC)
You know what, it was probably the Telegraph I saw it in. I couldn't remember. I knew it was some right wing paper or other. :(

Perhaps I'd better change the heading.....
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2013-08-25 09:23 pm (UTC)
It's an understandable error: the Mail is go-to paper for nose-holding prurience.

I've occasionally seen c--p, which I assume is a way of avoiding the ambiguity, though even that might be mistaken for carp (coy, natch).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-26 07:06 am (UTC)
My mother takes the Telegraph. It's very right wing but not usually idiotic.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2013-08-25 06:44 pm (UTC)
If you print the word "crap" as "c----" aren't you in danger of making your readers envisage a much tangier word?

Also, since when is "crap" considered more than mildly blue?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-25 09:20 pm (UTC)
Sometime in the middle of the last century, I'd have thought.

But the British right-wing press think differently.
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