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Rhymin’ and Stealin’

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Rhymin’ and Stealin’

This gem from the BBC: "Drunken sailors" have been removed from the lyrics of a nursery rhyme in a government-funded books project. But the Bookstart charity says the re-writing of What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor? has "absolutely nothing to do with political correctness".

The charity says that the shift from drunken sailor to "grumpy pirate" was to make the rhyme fit a pirate theme, rather than censorship. "Put him in the brig until he’s sober," has also been lost in the new version. This latest ideological spat over nursery rhymes was sparked by the re-writing of What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor. Read on.