To disemvowel, or not to disemvowel?

By |April 25th, 2011|

How can you censure something, and show it at the same time? Well, you can disemvowel it. I recently came across this interesting word, and was drawn in by its imagery. It isn’t quite as exciting as it sounds, however, it’s just the process of removing all the vowels (and sometimes ‘y’)from a sentence, so that people can only understand it if they try.

Many online forum moderators use this technique to obscure offensive posts without removing them. It means that they can allow people to say what they want, but also affords other web users some protection against offence. […]