I Count Asterisks to Try to Figure Out What Was Censored

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    I think everyone does this but I must admit that I occasionally have problems with 4 letter words. There are so many of them that the context doesn't always help you figure out what the original 4 letter word was. And it can totally change the meaning of the sentence.
    WyldHoney WyldHoney
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 5, 2008


    I read this, and I have to say this is the funniest thing I have read on here so far....Sooooo true!!!
    thisisntme420 thisisntme420
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 20, 2009

    Context Is Everything!

    Not only do I count asterisks, I figure out context.... and am pretty good at figuring out what is meant.  After all, there are only so many words that fit in the sentence "I was so ****** off"!!
    SunnyKris SunnyKris
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Mar 26, 2008


    Sometimes I find it more entertaining to substitute my own corny not-quite obscenities for the asterisks...
    DopeyGirl DopeyGirl
    36-40, F
    Nov 22, 2011

    Makes No ******* Sense

    i used to feel like a ******* freak when i counted all of the ********* asteriks it feels really good to know i'm not the only crazy *****
    setfiretotherain setfiretotherain
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jan 17, 2008

    Mysteries of Editing.

    here's one that truly baffled me a minute ago: ********** and don't forget *****, ********, and stripmall
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter
    26-30, F
    16 Responses Nov 8, 2007

    There Should Be a Guide For My Kind of Pervitude, Or Lack Thereof

    I cannot for the life of me figure out some of these censored words. It's espesh ridick when I can't figure it out in the title of an experience! I Want To Have ********** *******. Huh??? I Was Involved In Group **********. WTF? It's not "sex" or the eff word for sex...
    mmmcookies mmmcookies
    3 Responses Sep 7, 2008

    * **** ***** ****

    * **** ***** *** ********* ** *** ** ****** *** **** *** ******** *** ****** **** **** *****! * **** ** **** *********** ********* ** ** * **** ** *** ***. ** ****, **** *** *** ***** ** **...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality
    36-40, F
    10 Responses Nov 8, 2007

    It's stupid but I do.

    Most of the time they put them there for no super important reason, sometimes though it actually adds to whatever I happen to be reading.
    AlbuquerqueJay AlbuquerqueJay
    36-40, M
    1 Response Feb 6, 2014

    I Will Admit

    There are some real stumpers!  I love trying to figure it all out!  It's a puzzle to me!
    debmichelle debmichelle
    2 Responses Jun 13, 2008

    Asterisks In Texts Sound

    Almost any government tends to keep the citizens in constant fear. The only fear citizens should have is the fear of their government. To strangle civil rights government won't omiss any means of restriction. We Germans just experience a new surge of attack. Our House of...
    Genrik Genrik
    66-70, M
    Nov 13, 2007

    VERY Puzzling

    *********** *** ***** lust **** ********** bisexual ******** ***** **** **** **** ***** ***** ***** **** hooker ****** ****** **** ********* **** **** ******* shag bullshit sex sexual stripmall...
    TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo
    31-35, M
    70 Responses Nov 8, 2007

    I Don't

    I'm always adding an extra letter to the bad words so that you can still read it.  Everyone probably thinks that i'm a horrible speller, when in reality, i'm just being thoughtful.  haha?  what???
    FiFiDelmar FiFiDelmar
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Mar 26, 2008

    Word Puzzles

    I can more or less guess most of them, it's a shame there is a list of "forbidden" words. Finding a logo for them would be even more difficult. There would be one somewhere though, this is the internet, everything is somewhere.
    AtomicWater AtomicWater
    41-45, F
    9 Responses Nov 15, 2010
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    Oct 16, 2014

    **** ******** *****

    Glad it's not just me...  Sometimes on here, I really can't figure out what the asterisks are hiding.  Especially for the groups with titles that just say something like 'I *************'.  You what?  What exactly is it that you do?   Some of these...
    Ryuuzaki Ryuuzaki
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Feb 26, 2009

    What The **** Did You Just ******* Censor?

    I will ******* figure this **** out.
    JadedDivinity JadedDivinity
    2 Responses Aug 21, 2013

    Some of Us

    Some of us say, that all of us are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.  I don't know about that, but I know I look at the stars when I count them to see what words EP has censored out.
    tearaway tearaway
    22-25, F
    16 Responses May 20, 2009

    Hate Asterisks

    I absolutely hate those asterisks, I am not a mind reader can't figure out what is being said. who decides what can be said and can't be said
    bquick bquick
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Jan 22, 2008

    It Is Quite Entertaining

    I do, I count the asterisks to figure out the word that was censored. And it is quite a fun way to kill time, when you dont know all the words out there that can be censored. My favorite of course is ******** I use it quite a lot , together of course with **** *** or...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Mar 10, 2009


    Oh my f****** god yes!!!!! I soooooo do this. S*** I don't even realise I f****** do it too HAHAHAHAHA =P
    TheWanderingSupertramp TheWanderingSupertramp
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Dec 1, 2010

    Not Even Numbers Are Immune!

    watch this: 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71......
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 28, 2007
    ThunderWaffles ThunderWaffles
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 16, 2014

    I Do Too

    I count too to try and figure out the bad word so heres how i say a word ithink they will @#* by it i space it like the word  h ell then they can see the word , i was writting a blog on b reast cancer it wasnt talking about s e x but i got the little stars so i went back...
    lunnas lunnas
    41-45, F
    Mar 11, 2009

    I Thought Everyone Did This.

    I just feel like it is best to know what the words are. I also feel so smart when I figure out a word with no letters. : )
    BlueGeorgia BlueGeorgia
    41-45, M
    16 Responses Dec 2, 2007
    cashetty69 cashetty69
    51-55, M
    Nov 18, 2015

    I Thought I Was a Loner...

    I thought I was some twisted weirdo counting the asterisks in censored words, but it turns out there are 67 other weirdos too!   Anyway, my fellow weirdos, don't you just love it when it comes up with a certain number of asterisks and you can't figure out what word they...
    Cnbrrn Cnbrrn
    16-17, M
    8 Responses Dec 11, 2007

    Four Letter Words!!!

    GAHHH I just hate the cencorship. It's just so hard to read what it says! And it's called 'four letter words' because they usually have four letter; that makes it really hard to figure out what it says!!
    Lola91 Lola91
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jun 24, 2008


    Lol.  I love that this is a group.  ^.^ Anyway, I was actually reading a story just before I found this group, and it had a bunch of censored words, and I couldn't figure all of them out!!  It bugs me when I can't get it.   ....Dude!!, I just realized what...
    moonlit1 moonlit1
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 31, 2008

    Yeah I Do.

    I think almost everyone does. I can't help it everytime I see something censored I count the asterisks just to guess what the word is LOL. Also if one or more letters are substituted with an asterisk I also try to figure out what that word is.  
    anschel anschel
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Dec 10, 2008
    deleted deleted
    Jan 15

    And I have to get on the desktop to search

    certain things???? Bullshit. Your app can rot
    enigmatickoala enigmatickoala
    26-30, M
    Apr 26, 2014

    Too Much Time On My Hands

    Who doesn't...?
    TiPoupon TiPoupon
    18-21, F
    Jun 13, 2008

    It Can Be Confusing

    it can be hard to know what someone's even saying with cencoring. i am glad to see ep lightening up and bit as they continue o make improvments to the site
    AngelaDark AngelaDark
    31-35, F
    Dec 13, 2007


    I didn't know other people did this too. Now I don't feel so odd =P The longer strands of asterisks are harder to decipher though, so I usually just ignore and move on. My mind doesn't work in that way well enough to figure out what most censored things are. If it's not...
    mimsy2 mimsy2
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 30, 2008

    Damn I Still Do This!!!

    It's fun!! except the 4 letter words ... sometimes it could be anything .... but I like guessing. :)
    MizzBlue72 MizzBlue72
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Oct 8, 2009


    Usually I can figure it out based on what the word before it was...
    drcynic drcynic
    26-30, M
    Nov 8, 2007

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