literary term: bowdlerism - the practice of removing or restating any material that might be offensive to others
an example of bowdlerism is when Starr omitted the fact that she knew Khalil sold drugs, but because the cops had asked "did Khalil tell you about him selling drugs?" and technically he didn't tell her, she didn't mention that she knew at all. technically she didn't lie to the cops. so she had nothing to be afraid of. however, because she did leave that little detail out of that meeting, she showed a case of bowdlerism.
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