Pocket Oxford Dictionary, first printed July 1924. (Not as Polly Toynbee believes apparently, but then, who really cares what she says anyway).
REDACTION n, Putting into literary or publishable form, editing or re-editing; new edition.
Balderdash, Parlour game, circa 2009...
REDACTION n, (see below, I’m a bit pissed off with having to explain things all the time...)
1) An old word re-dug up by spin doctors in Whitehall, to describe how expenses claims are re-invented.
2) To say one thing but mean something totally different to appease ‘The Fees Office’ (a previously unknown organisation which apparently turns up on Thursdays and ‘vets’ how much MPs can get away with).
3) The art of concealing ridiculously inappropriate claims for non-essentials.
4) The business of trying to swindle the tax-payer and hope that because Gordon Brown’s in charge, nobody cares, or notices, because he’s got more problems than you can shake a stick at.
5) Diverting the gullible public from the real problem we face with our elected representatives.
6) The act of hatred of sponging politicians who are useless at their jobs and who will do anything to keep their personal gravy train in full pelt while the country suffers the worst depression for nearly a hundred years.