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An increasing number of famous books are being [editing / edited] . Book publishers are worried about sexist and racist words [on / in] books. They are worried that language in [older / olden] books might upset people today, especially children. Two authors that have had their [working / work] edited this week are Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming. Dahl is [famously / famous] for books like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Fleming [wrote / writing] the James Bond books. Publishers are employing "sensitivity readers" to [check / checked] books. A sensitivity reader looks for language that describes minorities [on / in] an "insensitive or offensive" way. A lot of the language they check belongs to another [time / times] . It was written 50 or more years ago. Back then, the language was thought to be [okayed / okay] .

The [recent / recently] edits of the James Bond books are because of insensitive [language / languages] about black characters and women. The sensitivity readers decided that the language [abuses / used] by James Bond, also known as 007, was racist and sexist. The 007 books will now be published with a [warn / warning] . This explains [that / what] the books were written in the 1950s and 60s, so they [contented / contained] "terms and attitudes" that might upset readers [today / yesterday] . Many people in the UK are angry that Roald Dahl's books were censored. The UK's prime minister, the [future / futuristic] UK queen and the author Salman Rushdie all said the edits were wrong. An example edit is the word "fat" being replaced [at / by] "enormous". The word "fat" is now a negative term [for / from] a person's body shape.

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