I learned a new word. Don’t ask me why it took me so long to meet this word, I don’t understand it myself. I’ve read a massive number of books, and I’ve done a bit of traveling in my younger days. But, I’ve never seen or heard of the word “Feck” before yesterday.
One of my Irish Blogging Buddies, Tric, wrote a very funny piece that used the word Feck; the way she used it left no doubt that it was a word used to replace the F-Bomb. Now, I’m in love with this word. You might wonder why I am so excited about learning a simple little four letter word. Well, let me explain.
I hate the word F***! I always have and I always will. It’s offensive beyond belief, it’s crass and it’s vulgar. I cringe when I hear the word used; I flinch when it appears in a book and I definitely forbid it’s use in my home.
As a writer, refusing to use the word F*** presents a challenge when developing modern day characters. After all, these days, the word is bandied about in every other sentence by the younger generation. So, I’ve avoided creating characters that have to use the F-Bomb in my writing. And, that’s okay, I can live with that.
Well, you might say, the word means the same as the word F***. But, much to my delight, I found this is not the case. Although the word is used to replace the F-Bomb, it’s meaning is much different. According to my buddy, Wikipedia, Feck’s definition is as follows:
It is “employed as an attenuated alternative (minced oath) to fuck or express disbelief, pain, anger, or contempt in a given situation, however it does not mean to have sex with in the same way that fuck does, and those aware of this use consider it a lesser expletive than fuck.”
So, the word Feck opens up a whole new world of possibilities for creating an interesting character. I would most likely have to make them Irish or Scottish to make the use of the word ring true. And, who doesn’t love those rascally characters?
So, thank you Tric, for introducing me to a new word, one that I will sprinkle in my conversations and writing from this day forward. Maybe when people hear or use the expression “What the Feck?” they will start to use it themselves and the F-Bomb can become a thing of the past. Well, I can dream, can’t I?
Author’s Note: If you need to see how to use this word to great effect, click here: “Thank you and Feck You!” Tric shows us the way.