Ooops. Â According to Clean Reader, “asshole” might not appear in the text.
Writers – who choose our words carefully, use them deliberately – aren’t thrilled with this Bowdlerizing app. Â Readers shouldn’t be, either. It’s an attempt to take away freedom of expression, a power play by those who would control what we see/think/feel. No thanks.
In short: it wasn’t appreciated when Bowdler did it, it’s not appreciated (or wanted) now. Don’t like the language? Don’t read the story.
(yes, I have very strong opinions about ‘sanitizing’ language after the fact and against the author’s wishes. Mainly: don’t do it.)