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For today's Wednesday Word, I'm mining yet again the Annual Wednesday Word Suggestion Drive (which is really open all year and you can still contribute to!). This week honors go to Molly C (aka Salamicat on Twitter) for her word feckless.
I used to think feckless meant reckless, which is terribly pathetic of me. I mean, I don't go around thinking pack means the same as lack, or tuck means the same as f-- well, you get the picture. So it was a pleasure to set myself straight and find that feckless means ineffective, incompetent, futile. Excellent, said I! This is a perfect word to apply to a great many
But its meaning is not the best thing about this word, NO! The most exciting is that is comes from the old Scots word feck, which originated from effect - less. Now, in today's Scotland, feck is certainly not used to mean effectless. No, mes amies! It is used in place of its cousin with the u! (See how I am trying to be ladylike by not writing it out.)
In Ireland, feck is also commonly used in place of its nastier cousin. Feck has the added bonus of not actually meaning f*ck (<-- ladylike), and this well-known fact is what gets it thrown about with abandon. "But I'm not swearing, you fecking fecker!" I'm rather afraid that I have been known to say such things, more than once. (<-- Not ladylike. But feck is allowed, so slightly ladylike.)
So there you have it mes amies, Molly's word feckless is actually rooted in one of my most favorite words ever. (Remember that I follow a Scottish football team and therefore I hear a great deal of terribly unladylike things from fellow supporters who are male. But as we have just agreed, feck is not unladylike, so.)