Why censor town names?
September 28, 2007 1:11 AM Subscribe
Why do/did certain old novels censor names of towns/shires/boroughs?
posted by haveanicesummer to Writing & Language (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Examples of this phenomenon can be found in Charlotte Bronte's "The Professor."
"they knew also they had influence in the borough of X-------"
"but he said I might come down to -------shire."
I have found numerous examples of this in literature of this period, but nary an explanation.