Just say SHAT instead of ****. hahaha
And the romance worked. It added something new to the series which in my mind, thought TOS alluded to that between Spock and Uhura. For the writers to come out and say "yeah, there is a romance" took guts and I thank them for the end result.
"WHERE'S THE KA-BOOM? THERE'S SUPPOSED TO BE AN EARTH SHATTERING KA-BOOM!!!" -- Marvin the Martian