is one of those wonderfully expressive Yiddish
words. In Yinglish
use it's spelled a number of ways, including farkakta, fakakte, fakakta, verkakte
. Whatever its spelling, it is treated as a potentially vulgar
word (guaranteeing its gleeful use by younger Yiddishers) whose German
root form verkackt
!) means something akin to 'beshitted' or 'becrapped', hence, 'crappy' or 'screwed up' (DonJaime
also tells me that it is the past participle of verkacken
which is used to mean 'screw up'.)1
Likely shares root word with English
language children's slang 'kaka' (poop
Modern Yiddish use of the word has extended it to perform the adjective function for anything from 'shitty' to 'fucked up' to 'crazy' to 'useless.' It's the Swiss Army knife of derogatory descriptors, although it is more often used to refer to inanimate objects or situations rather than people.
"I'm not going anywhere in that farkakte car! A death wish you've got now?"
"And then the ex-girlfriend showed up right after the ex-wife, and the whole situation ended up completely farkakte."
1. Algeo, John and Pyles, Thomas: The Origins and Development of the English Language. Stamford: Cengage Learning, 2009. p. 262.