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|question re use of dashes in text
Written by Ellen
(3/5/2007 7:17 p.m.)
My copy of this play (which I got from my local library - printed by Oxford University Press) has a number of the swear words blanked out. For example: "Z---ds!" for "Zounds!" and "d---d" for (I'm guessing) "damned". I understand that the reason for this would be not to offend (like we might use asterisks between first and last letters of offensive or vulgar words). What I don't understand though, is that since this is a play, not a novel, what would the actors on stage have done with this? Would they have pronounced these words to be understood by the audience or was there some accepted way of covering up these words to avoid offence? Any thoughts?
Also, on a related theme, does anyone know why words like zounds and damned would be more offensive than any of the other copious oaths expressed in this play?
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