Anita runs down the hall to her room. Elaine turns to William, relating to him more as a fellow parent than a child.
ELAINE: well, there it is. Your sister using the "f" word.
WILLIAM: I think she said "feck."
ELAINE: What's the difference?
WILLIAM: Well. The letter "u"...
originating from Ireland and put to great and hilarious use in the excellent show 'Father Ted', mainly by Father Jack, it is an excellent way to swear, as you can express exactly the same amount of frustration that you would through using 'fuck', but you don't get in trouble - great!
"feck this, i'm off to the pub"
2. It's also used as a pretty mild swear word in Ireland.
It's used a) to express that you're pissed off or b) to describe somebody who pissed you off.
It's not related to the word 'Fuck', and doesn't have any sexual undertones, so is acceptable for polite company.
3. The characters in the sit-com Father Ted made the use of 'Feck' more popular outside of Ireland, most noticeably in the United Kingdom.
Unlike what a lot of people think, the scriptwriters did NOT invent 'feck' to get past censors who didn't allow the word 'fuck'. In fact, 'feck' was used as a mild swear word LONG before Father Ted made it famous!
1. b) "He asked me for a loan of my basketball, so I fecked it across the yard to him."
2. a) Priest: "Ah, feck! I left my keys at home."
Polite Ladies: "That's an awful shame."
2. b). "That bouncer was a right old fecker for not letting us in."
3. Father Jack: "DRINK! FECK! ARSE! GIRLS!