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WB Yeats’ Comment

In 1907 the word “shift” (then a woman’s undergarment) caused the audience viewing ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ by John Millington Synge to become boisterous with their objections to mentioning an undergarment.  Lady Gregory one of the founders of the Abbey Theatre where the play was bring performed asked WB Yeats what she should do and he replied: “Leave it on.”                  

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