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New edition removes Mark Twain's 'offensive' words (PC Barf Alert)
Fox News ^ | 1/4/2011

Posted on 01/04/2011 7:18:59 PM PST by markomalley

Mark Twain wrote that "the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter." A new edition of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" will try to find out if that holds true by replacing the N-word with "slave" in an effort not to offend readers.

Twain scholar Alan Gribben, who is working with NewSouth Books in Alabama to publish a combined volume of the books, said the N-word appears 219 times in "Huck Finn" and four times in "Tom Sawyer." He said the word puts the books in danger of joining the list of literary classics that Twain once humorously defined as those "which people praise and don't read."

"It's such a shame that one word should be a barrier between a marvelous reading experience and a lot of readers," Gribben said.

Yet Twain was particular about his words. His letter in 1888 about the right word and the almost right one was "the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."

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1 posted on 01/04/2011 7:19:01 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

This is a tough call. The word in question is a repulsive word and other books have been banned from school libraries for offensive language.


2 posted on 01/04/2011 7:20:44 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Clintonfatigued

It’s not a tough call at all. It’s censorship, is what it is.


3 posted on 01/04/2011 7:22:18 PM PST by Xenalyte (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: markomalley

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4 posted on 01/04/2011 7:23:25 PM PST by DBrow
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To: Xenalyte

I think Bowdlerization is the term.


5 posted on 01/04/2011 7:23:54 PM PST by DBrow
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To: Clintonfatigued

“Censorship” is a pretty ugly word, too.


6 posted on 01/04/2011 7:24:01 PM PST by JayVee (Joseph)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“Censorship” is a pretty ugly word, too.


7 posted on 01/04/2011 7:24:15 PM PST by JayVee (Joseph)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Words aren’t repulsive. People can be though. You know going in the words are there, so don’t read them. Changing the books only screws with the authors original intent of using them in the first place


8 posted on 01/04/2011 7:30:16 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Clintonfatigued
There's no tough call here at all. Slaveowners were disgusting people. They spoke in a disgusting manner. They served a disgusting purpose. They did disgusting things.

All of that has to be brought over in that book. Eliminating it is to make the slaveowners look like nice guys.

9 posted on 01/04/2011 7:30:32 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Clintonfatigued

Hell, no, this is NOT a “tough call.” This is cultural insanity. If Mark Twain were still around, he would have more than enough new material on hand to keep him churning out satires til this country waves the final white flag of surrender.


10 posted on 01/04/2011 7:31:26 PM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: Xenalyte
"...its censorship."

Absolutely. The "N" word is offensive today, more so because we have been sensitized to it. Removing it from Twain's books will completely change the main characters. They are creatures of their day, and very lifelike--let them be. If some blacks want to keep their kids from reading Huck and Tom, that is their loss and their small mindedness.

Why not also take out all the unsavory references about Injun Jim--after all he was a "noble savage"--not.

Good grief!

vaudine

11 posted on 01/04/2011 7:36:22 PM PST by vaudine
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To: Clintonfatigued

Hope you have on your asbestos jammies.

“Play those rhythmically suggestive tonal patterns Caucasian male adolescent.”


12 posted on 01/04/2011 7:37:57 PM PST by John 3_19-21 (Why is it when the media says the sky is falling, millions of republicans get whiplash looking up?)
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To: markomalley

And while we’re at it, let’s fix the Old Testament to get rid of that nasty anti-gay rhetoric.


13 posted on 01/04/2011 7:46:22 PM PST by TontoKowalski
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To: markomalley

Mark Twain is spinning in his grave......


14 posted on 01/04/2011 7:50:24 PM PST by ixtl (When people fear government, there is tyranny; when government fears people, there is liberty.)
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To: John 3_19-21

“Play that funky music, white boy.”


15 posted on 01/04/2011 7:50:36 PM PST by Tawiskaro
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To: vaudine

Don’t mean to criticize, but it was Injun’ JOE, not Jim. It was Nigger Jim.... (Oh my God, I did it! I used the “N” word! I am such a bad person, now I will probably go to Hell for my insensitivity.


16 posted on 01/04/2011 7:55:08 PM PST by ixtl (When people fear government, there is tyranny; when government fears people, there is liberty.)
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To: markomalley
...by replacing the N-word with "slave"...

Oh, that's so much better! :-/ I'm sure if I went up to my buddy Nate tomorrow and said "Hey slave, how's it going?" he'd be sooo relieved I didn't use "the N word" ...

Here's a thought - leave the text as it was originally written. It is an artistic, creative work. The author no-doubt intended to evoke certain imagery. Do these fools imagine themselves the equals or even better writers than the author? They think they can evoke the same emotions without the "offensive" words? Hey, how about you libtard fools give the rest of us a little credit - I think we can appreciate a work and take it in context without you having to sugar-coat it and dumb it down for us. Oh, that's right, the elitists are practicing discrimination and prejudice against us "regular folk" - but don't try to tell them that...

17 posted on 01/04/2011 7:57:42 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ixtl
Right! I knew when I typed it Indian Jim didn't look right.

Just slap yourself lightly in the mouth, pass your hand once lightly over your head and forgive yourself.

vaudine

18 posted on 01/04/2011 7:59:41 PM PST by vaudine
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To: muawiyah
There's no tough call here at all. Slaveowners were disgusting people. They spoke in a disgusting manner. They served a disgusting purpose. They did disgusting things.

That's not entirely true. Many of the founders were slave owners through inheritence but were repulsed by slavery and fought it. One of them set his slaves free which resulted in laws being passed that prevented the others from freeing theirs.

Slavery was not a ... pardon the pun... black and white issue.

19 posted on 01/04/2011 8:04:40 PM PST by loboinok (Gun control is hitting what you aim at!)
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To: markomalley

Why stop there? I think it’s time to paint over that demeaning gown that Mona Lisa is wearing and put her in a professional business suit. And none of that idiotic smile crap either. We need a good angry feminist frown.


20 posted on 01/04/2011 8:08:34 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!)
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