Heck is for people who don't obey the word of Gosh.

In the comic strip Dilbert, Heck is ruled by a guy named Phil (also known as "The Prince of Insufficient Light"). Phil carries a large spoon instead of a pitchfork and is quite portly, but like the Devil has horns and a tail. He pops up about once a year to impose mild sanctions for mild sins. Phil is also in charge of Limbo, a division of Heck.

Heck (?), n. [See Hatch a half door.] [Written also hack.]

1.

The bolt or latch of a door.

[Prov. Eng.]

2.

A rack for cattle to feed at.

[Prov. Eng.]

3.

A door, especially one partly of latticework; -- called also heck door.

[Prov. Eng.]

Halliwell.

4.

A latticework contrivance for catching fish.

5. Weaving

An apparatus for separating the threads of warps into sets, as they are wound upon the reel from the bobbins, in a warping machine.

6.

A bend or winding of a stream.

[Prov. Eng.]

Half heck, the lower half of a door. -- Heck board, the loose board at the bottom or back of a cart. -- Heck box ∨ frame, that which carries the heck in warping.

 

© Webster 1913.

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