The cover of the most recent Economist (March 16 - 22nd 2019) has in large type
OH **UK! Whatever next?
From the context, this is clearly a comment on the current Brexit mess.
Is ** UK related to F * * K, and if so, how? Did the Economist transpose C and U to be more polite? Or, more likely, does UK refer to the United Kingdom, and if so, how do we interpret ** ?
This should be obvious, and I will probably hit myself on the head when it is explained, but for now the inscrutable Brits have me baffled.
Googling **UK gets me many referenced to the UK (the nation), but no explanation of the **.