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Re: BOWDLERIZE

Postby Philip Hudson » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:01 pm

Luke: Dump those old movies and get to work. It is about time you started writing your memoirs, is it not?
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Re: BOWDLERIZE

Postby LukeJavan8 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:06 pm

Memoirs???
I would not know where to begin.
I know the kids I used to teach way before the Dark Ages,
used to consider me pre-historic. I agreed and told them
I knew for certain the dinosaurs were killed by an
asteroid hitting the planet, because I saw it: I was
hiding in the back of a cave.
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Re: BOWDLERIZE

Postby Slava » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:17 am

LukeJavan8 wrote:I knew for certain the dinosaurs were killed by an asteroid hitting the planet, because I saw it: I was hiding in the back of a cave.
Great comeback and wonderful quip. :lol: Definitely deserves a laugh.

As to the GWotD itself, does anyone know an anti- of bowdlerize? A word that would mean to make racier or more explicit?
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Re: BOWDLERIZE

Postby MTC » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:26 am

A phrase, not a word:

spice something up

1. Lit. to make some food or drink more spicy. Judy spiced the cider up by adding cinnamon and nutmeg. she spiced up the chili too much.
2. Fig. to make something more interesting, lively, or sexy. I'm afraid that the nude scenes spiced the musical up too much. some people walked out. Judy liked to spice her lectures up by telling jokes. she spiced up each lecture with a joke. They spiced up the play too much.

(http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/spice+up)
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Re: BOWDLERIZE

Postby call_copse » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:27 am

Slava wrote:
LukeJavan8 wrote:I knew for certain the dinosaurs were killed by an asteroid hitting the planet, because I saw it: I was hiding in the back of a cave.
Great comeback and wonderful quip. :lol: Definitely deserves a laugh.

As to the GWotD itself, does anyone know an anti- of bowdlerize? A word that would mean to make racier or more explicit?

An interesting question. Looking at the thesaurus there are no listed antonyms, but the antonyms for the synonym 'mutilate' are the more mundane 'mend, repair, fix' or for expurgate 'allow, permit'. I can't really go for them, though permit works for the censor aspect of bowdlerize.

One word I might posit would be vivify. It's not exactly right in my mind but perhaps close enough for some purposes. You could use debauch for a slightly different sense.
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Re: BOWDLERIZE

Postby bamaboy56 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:02 am

Slava, I looked at a bunch of thesauruses and could not find an antonym I felt adequate. There's words like "suitable", "permit" and "okay" but somehow they felt pretty soft. I like a challenge and will keep looking.
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