Is it possible to censor out non-profane words e.g. words about love, or something not to tell about?

e.g. you are in love with someone but not to tell about it "I'm in **** with..."

But, the problem is people don't know if a bleeped word is a swear word or not. The one of the most confusing here is 4-letter words. But anyway, is it still possible?

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    You can "bleep" out any bleeping word you want. – Hot Licks Dec 13 '18 at 12:48
  • Jimmy Kimmel does it every week: youtube.com/… – michael.hor257k Dec 13 '18 at 13:05
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    Your example of censoring out the verb love seems strange and a little confusing. In older English novels you often see names censored out with an em dash, or an even longer dash, something like this: I'm in love with E–. Including the first letter like this might help clarify that it's not a redacted profanity, but that might not work. Mostly, context would make it clear anyway. It'd probably be better to edit your question so we know more precisely what you want. – tmgr Dec 13 '18 at 13:08
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    It is not entirely clear what is being asked here. One may wonder whether it is legally possible to censor something, whether it is politically feasible, whether it is pedagogically desirable, but these are, respectively, the questions of the law, politics, and pedagogy; they are not questions of English language and usage. – jsw29 Dec 16 '18 at 1:08
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    Of course you can – you just did in the question itself. Is this even a question? About English? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 15 at 10:51

You could of course leave some letters standing, such as

I'm in l*ve with [...]

or you could try using a euphemism instead, but I'm afraid can't think of one.

Cockney slang might be a way out, such as

I'm in pigeon and dove with [...]

but it may be a little obscure.

  • All right me old turtle, we rarely say the word dove that's the whole point of cockney and pigeons are simply flying rats. – KJO Dec 16 '18 at 2:26
  • Don't you mean flying fox or bat? XD – A Lambent Eye Dec 16 '18 at 8:37
  • No see the common term flying rats quoted in question and this answer ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2012/04/12/… pigeons are refered by London locals as flying rats because we have to watch out for symptoms of rats disease (weils) in addition to pigeon disease (leptospirosis) thus twice as dangerous – KJO Dec 16 '18 at 17:53

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