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Wicked

ad012; folk etymology
Used to emphasize something or used as an intensive. This word can be used in both a positive or negative context. The context example provided shows the use of the word “wicked” in a positive context. The word “wicked” in a negative context would be similar to the following, “Brian yells at his girlfriend, he's a wicked jerk." The use of this word as an intensive comes from Boston, Massachusetts, so people who live in the southern part of the United Sates are not as familiar with the use of this word in everyday descriptive speech.
 
Did you see Erin”s wicked cool t-shirt?
Etymology : Folk Etymology of wicked (evil) [Middle English alteration of 'wicke' ultimately from Old English 'wicca' meaning 'sorcerer']
Source : Friend at church
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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