Wicked good!!!

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Postby eberntson » Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:54 pm

So there seems to be quite a difference in meaning in the USA of the word "wicked" through out.

In New England, it can mean "bad" in a delicious sort of way. However, in Maine it has a little more of a good connotation or excitement, such as "Wicked Good!", or "That party was wicked!" meaning "Awesome party Dude!"

However, in valley speak (mid 80s Southern California) it seems to have had a different connotation. Any Rebel-Yankee meanings to this word?

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Postby Brazilian dude » Mon Jan 09, 2006 3:12 pm

That picture scares the living daylight out of me.

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Postby tcward » Mon Jan 09, 2006 4:09 pm

Well, it doesn't scare me, but I would prefer that it were smaller. ;)


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Postby gailr » Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:17 am

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Postby Stargzer » Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:18 am

tcward wrote:Well, it doesn't scare me, but I would prefer that it were smaller. ;)


Apparently it IS the small one!

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Postby southernpride » Fri Mar 03, 2006 6:51 pm

Wicked has many meanings here in Florida. in the surfer/skater circles,they tend to use wicked meaning very good. Other smilar words are "bad" meaning very good. example: Dude, that was a "bad" wave." This means that the wave was big, which is good for surfing. Also used by the skater types is "insane." Example: "man, that 360 you just pulled was "insane." This does not mean that the person is crazy for trying it (although that is sometimes true), it means that it was a very good trick. You have to use context clues and consider the situation in which the word is being used.


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Postby dawncoyote » Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:24 pm

I ordered some steamers in Bar Harbor, Maine once, because the waiter said they were wicked good.

And they were...


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Postby Huia Iesou » Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:50 pm

Here in NH 'wicked' is usually an intensifier for 'good'. 'Sick', oddly, is the same as the Floridian 'insane'.

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