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Wicked

adjective;
Definition: a term much like ‘very” preceding any adjective in order to add emphasis. Part of Speech: adjective Wicked Type of Semantic Change: widening or generalization (not amelioration because it can be used in conjunction with negative ideas) Origin: This term originated from New England, specifically Boston and has now dispersed throughout the U.S. This word came through the high school lexicon as well. The word is used mainly to emphasize other adjectives. I heard the term for the first time around November of 2004 but more recently (11/24/05) I heard it on television. This extension is difficult to trace because it is a broad extension from wicked being (bad and horrible) to its recent shift of (very).
 
Usage: “I was wicked scared because I thought I was going to get in wicked big trouble, but it was still wicked cool.”
Source : (MTV – “High School Stories” 11/24/05)
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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