What The Fräck Is It All About?


Properly spelled, Fräck has two dots over the “a”. However, since character localization remain a mystery, the two dots will have to be assumed. Interestingly, Fräck refers to a line of Shaving Mirrors promoted by Ikea, perhaps related to Robocut-The Barberbot, but with the “c” removed from the spelling, we have an expletive currently used on Battlestar Galactica and originated in its first television incarnation starring Lorne Greene as Commander Adama, also Patriarch Ben Cartwright of The Ponderosa in Bonanza (1959-73), perhaps turning to Little Joe (Michael Landon) saying, “What the Fräck did Hop Sing do to the chicken tonight?”

avengers-movie-logo2The opening narration of the series was given by Patrick Macnee, who earned a place in television history as John Steed, opposite Emma Peel (Dame Diana Rigg) in the cult classic The Avengers. “There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans.” That they may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the “heavens.” Perhaps Emma Peel would have responded in her British accent and classic grin, “What the Fräck are you talking about, Steed?”

doctor-quinn-medicine-wom-007Another star of the original production, Jane Seymour, who glittered in Dancing With The Stars, portrayed Serina long before moving out west asDr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Imagine her saying, “Why the Fräck did they vote me off Dancing With The Stars?”

According to Wikipedia, the word “expletive” comes from the Latin verb explere, meaning “to fill”, via expletivus, “filling out”. It was introduced into English in the Seventeenth Century to refer to various kinds of padding — the padding out of a book with peripheral material, the addition of syllables to a line of poetry for metrical purposes.

So, what the Fräck is it all about?