Sunday Scribblings #69 – Wicked


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My mind has been playing with this topic now for a few days and I’m sorry to say that not much bubbles up. The American Heritage Dictionary has all kinds of things to say about this word — the one below seemed to fit the bill for me.

wicked – Definitions from
American Heritage Dictionary – Cite This Source
wick·ed (wĭk’ĭd) Pronunciation Key
adj. wick·ed·er, wick·ed·est

1. Evil by nature and in practice: “this wicked man Hitler, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred” (Winston S. Churchill).

2. Playfully malicious or mischievous: a wicked prank; a critic’s wicked wit.

3. Severe and distressing: a wicked cough; a wicked gash; wicked driving conditions.

4. Highly offensive; obnoxious: a wicked stench.

5. Slang: Strikingly good, effective, or skillful: a wicked curve ball; a wicked imitation

Maybe it’s a New England thing, but wicked is not a word that I use extensively, especially in the sense of bad/immoral/mean/rotten/sinful blah, blah, blah. (I have lots of other, much more (ahem) creative, although not totally original, words that I use when I need to express myself negatively. Perhaps there will be a Sunday Scribblings topic devoted to that particular subject in the future!!) Instead, I seem to use it as an adjective as listed in #5 above- to enhance the adverb, usually in the positive — as in wicked good. And also as in, it’s wicked easy to get off the track while blogging — as I was putting this post together, I managed to visit and leave comments on 7 or 8 other wicked great to read blogs!!


8 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #69 – Wicked

  1. Do you have to be from the New England area to throw around expressions like “wicked awesome”, because I can stop using it at any time.

    Wicked awesome post!

  2. Marcy

    RCJ — I enjoyed reading them too — it’s no wonder they say that the English language is the most difficult to master!!

    Herb — I would be devastated if you stopped saying wicked awesome!! Besides, I’m originally from Northern New York and I said it when I lived there too!!

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