August 25th, 2013

corinium

To The Editor Of The Mail

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.