by Paul Niquette
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feck  No entry found in Merriam Webster -- or 
any other dictionary. No entry found for feckful
either.  Only feckless, adjective, Scots, from feck
effect, majority, from Middle English fek, alteration 
of Middle English effect, 1585: 1. weak, ineffective, 
2. irresponsible, worthless.
Politicians like to disparage their opponents as feckless.  Presumably they think of themselves as being the opposite of feckless, but English does not give them a direct obverse for doing so.
Sense 1. Their policy is feckless (weak, ineffective); ours is feckful (strong, effective).
Sense 2. Their candidate is feckless (irresponsible, worthless); ours is feckful (responsible, worthful).
A feckless idea must have no feck at all.  I've had plenty of them (see track record), but I hope the people I care about do not consider me to be feckless -- a person totally devoid of feck.  To that end, without saying so explicitly, I keep trying to prove that I am full of feck.
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EPILOG: When next I am faced with naming needs, I may become tempted beyond my powers to resist...

  • Rock Star ("Feck will be appearing on the season premiere of SNL.")
  • Sports Franchise ("In the bottom of the fifth, the Fecks lead the Yanks by two.")
  • Restaurant Chain ("Find fabulous food at your neighborhood Feck.")
  • Beverage ("Feck is not the answer.  Feck is the question.  The answer is 'yes'.")
  • Product ("Feel the wheel of the Feck XL.")
  • Service ("Fly Feck.")
  • Company ("Gains in the Dow followed reports of strong earnings by Feck.")
  • Periodical ("Remember, you read it first in Feck.")
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