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It's all in the title really. Why do newspapers/tv reports use asterisks in place of swear words? Isn't it the case that most people know what they say anyway - I know I fill in the blanks when I'm reading, so what's the point in removing the letters in the first place? Is seeing 'b*****d' any better/different to seeing 'bastard' written in a newspaper? Why is it done, and who for?