Random House not keen on free speech

Do you think ‘twat’ is offensive?

Technically it is, referring to, well, you know what it refers to. But, as with most swear words, its current usage is not really related to its original use.

In response to parents who think it is offensive and so shouldn’t be in a children’s book, Random House are going to change the appearance of ‘twat’ in a Jacqueline Wilson book to ‘twit’.

I would have thought the author would be best placed to make that judgement, not the publishers. If parents are offended by the inclusion of a word in a book then they don’t need to buy or read the book. It is not for Random House to essentially censure an author.

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