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Feck (or, in some senses, fek) is a monosyllable with several vernacular meanings and variations in Irish English, Scots, Middle English, and Esperanto: Look up Vernacular in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Scots refers to the Anglic varieties spoken in parts of Scotland. ... Middle English is the name given by historical linguistics to the diverse forms of the English language spoken between the Norman invasion of 1066 and the mid-to-late 15th century, when the Chancery Standard, a form of London-based English, began to become widespread, a process aided by the... Look up Esperanto in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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Modern Irish English

  • Verb meaning in Irish slang 'to throw' (e.g. 'He's got no manners at all. I asked him nicely for the remote control, and he fecked it across the table at me.')

Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ... The word expletive is currently used in three senses: syntactic expletives, expletive attributives, and bad language. The word expletive comes from the Latin verb explere, meaning to fill, via expletivus, filling out. It was introduced into English in the seventeenth century to refer to various kinds of padding -- the padding... A minced oath is an expression based on a profanity which has been altered to reduce or remove the disagreeable or objectionable characteristics of the original expression. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... James Joyce James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (Irish Seamus Seoighe; 2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish writer and poet, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. ... A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a semi-autobiographical kunstlerroman (an artists bildungsroman) by James Joyce, first serialized in The Egoist between 1914-1915 and published in book form in 1916. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...

Feck as an expletive

Vernacular usage of feck in the expletive sense is syntactically interchangeable with fuck, though it has no sexual connotations. This includes such phraseological variations as fecker (noun), fecking (verb or adjective), and feckin' 'ell. It can even be used to describe a person: "he's an old feck". It is not uncommon for school teachers and some members of the religious order to use the word 'feck' as an expletive in Ireland thus demonstrating the word's peculiarity in meaning to Ireland where it does not equate to the word 'fuck' as many people outside Ireland tend to think. Look up Vernacular in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Syntax (disambiguation). ... A noun, or noun substantive, is a part of speech which can co-occur with (in)definite articles and attributive adjectives, and function as the head of a noun phrase. ... An adjective is a part of speech that modifies a noun, usually by describing it or making its meaning more specific. ...


Scots and Late Middle English

Feck (or fek) is a form of effeck, which is in turn the Scots form of effect. However, this Scots noun has additional significance:

  1. Efficacy; force; value; return
  2. Amount; quantity (or a large amount/quantity)
  3. The greater or larger part (when used with a definite article)

From the first sense we derive feckless, meaning witless, weak or ineffective; worthless; irresponsible; indifferent; lazy. Feckless remains a part of the Modern English and Scottish English lexicons; it appears in a number of Scottish adages: In finance, the return on investment (ROI) or just return is a calculation used to determine whether a proposed investment is wise, and how well it will repay the investor. ... An article is a word that is next to a noun or any word that modifies a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. ... Note: This page or section contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... Scottish English is usually taken to mean the standard form of the English language used in Scotland, often termed Scottish Standard English. ... Look up lexicon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... An adage (IPA ) is a short, but memorable saying, which holds some important fact of experience that is considered true by many people, or it has gained some credibility through its long use. ...

"Feckless folk are aye fain o ane anither."
"Feckless fools should keep canny tongues."

In his 1881 short story Thrawn Janet, Robert Louis Stevenson invokes the second sense of feck as cited above: 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... This article is in need of attention. ... Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson (November 13, 1850 – December 3, 1894), was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. ...

"He had a feck o' books wi' him—mair than had ever been seen before in a' that presbytery..."

Robert Burns uses the third sense of feck in the final stanza of his 1792 poem "Kellyburn Braes": Robert Burns (January 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796) was a poet and a lyricist. ... In poetry, a stanza is a unit within a larger poem. ... 1792 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The Chinese poem Quatrain on Heavenly Mountain by Emperor Gaozong (Song Dynasty) Poetry (from the Greek , poiesis, making or creating) is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning. ...

I hae been a Devil the feck o' my life,
Hey, and the rue grows bonie wi' thyme;
"But ne'er was in hell till I met wi' a wife,"
And the thyme it is wither'd, and rue is in prime.

Esperanto

Esperanto usage of fek is comparable to use of the word shit in Modern English: Look up Esperanto in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up Shit in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

  1. Verb: conjugation of the infinitive feki ("to defecate")
  2. Noun: feces; excrement.
  3. Interjection: "Fek!" is analogous to "Shit!".

The similarity between the Esperanto fek and the Irish English expletive feck is coincidental. The etymology of the Esperanto fek is traceable to the Latin noun faex (singular form of faeces). This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... A noun, or noun substantive, is a part of speech which can co-occur with (in)definite articles and attributive adjectives, and function as the head of a noun phrase. ... Feces, faeces, or fæces (see spelling differences) is waste product from an animals digestive tract expelled through the anus (or cloaca) during defecation. ... Feces (also spelled faeces or fæces) are the waste products from the digestive tract expelled through the anus during defecation. ... An interjection is a part of speech that usually has no grammatical connection to the rest of the sentence and simply expresses emotion on the part of the speaker, although most interjections have clear definitions. ... Analogy is either the cognitive process of transferring or giving information from a particular subject (the analogue or source) to another particular subject (the target), or a linguistic expression corresponding to such a process. ... Not to be confused with Entomology, the study of insects. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... In linguistics, the term grammatical number refers to ways of expressing quantity by inflecting words. ... Feces, faeces, or fæces (see spelling differences) is waste product from an animals digestive tract expelled through the anus (or cloaca) during defecation. ...


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Pop Culture

The Channel 4 situation comedy Father Ted inadvertently helped to export and popularise this use of feck through its characters' liberal use of the word. In an interview, Dermot Morgan explained that, in Ireland, feck is far less offensive than fuck. Channel 4 is a public-service television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... A situation comedy, usually referred to as a sitcom, is a genre of comedy programs which originated in radio. ... Father Ted is a popular 1990s television situation comedy set around the lives of three priests on the fictional extremely remote Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. ... A word is a unit of language that carries meaning and consists of one or more morphemes. ... Dermot Morgan (3 March 1952 - 28 February 1998), an Irish school-teacher turned comedian and actor, achieved international renown as Father Ted Crilly in the Channel 4 television sitcom Father Ted. ...


The word "feck" also frequently appears extensively in the Nintendo 64 video game Conker's Bad Fur Day, in which the word replaces "fuck" in all instances. It should be noted, however, that this substitution is in no way trying to limit cursing; the game itself is riddled with blatant swearing and innuendo. It is not known whether this substitution is due to the nationality of the producers or simply to give the game a lighter mood. Nintendo 64 ) is Nintendos third home video game console for the international market. ... Conkers Bad Fur Day is a Nintendo 64 video game made by Rareware that was marketed as an adult platform game. ...


The word "feck" is also used in the movie Almost Famous by Cameron Crowe, as an alternative to the word "fuck". A teen girl (played by Zooey Deschanel) who is angry at her overbearing, strict mother (Frances McDormand) shouts, "Feck you!" Her mother is taken back by this, stating aside to her 11-year-old son (Michael Angarano), "I can't believe she said the F-word," to which he replies, "I think she said 'feck'." Almost Famous is also the name of an album by R&B singer Lumidee. ... Zooey Claire Deschanel (born January 17, 1980) is an American actress. ... Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an Academy Award-winning American film, stage, and television actress, best known for her role as Marge Gunderson in Fargo. ... Angarano in Sky High, 2005 Michael Anthony Angarano (born December 3, 1987) is an American actor. ...


See also

Look up feck in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Look up feckless in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

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