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Real world research #7882
10/27/00 07:23 AM
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Spoke to my Irish colleague last night, and she claims to have been using 'feck' (perhaps like the Americans use 'frig', or these days 'frak') as a kind of euphemism for coitus, since before the days of Father Ted, as do many others in Eire. So I suspect the Father ted story, though very tempting, is not likely to be the right one.

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Re: Real world research #7883
10/27/00 07:30 AM
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I head it in an interview with the producer, so perhaps he was over keen to claim the word. It looks like it still hasn't made it into any of tsuwm's dictionaries, I'll see if it's in any of the on-line ones.


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<feck>

Tsuwm, Shorter Oxford also has 'feck' as 19th century Anglo-Irish slang for 'steal' and cites J O'Faolain: Clan na Gael is making ructions over sums they say were fecked in New York.


Re: feck #7885
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a collegiate/desk dictionary isn't likely to have a lot of Scottish words.

So what you are saying is that I need a new dictionary.


Re: feck #7886
10/27/00 02:43 PM
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>So what you are saying is that I need a new dictionary.

oh, a used OED or W3 will do you just fine.


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