wicked; was Re: crazy/insane gradation

Barbara Need bhneed at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 11 16:58:17 UTC 2010

It was certainly used north of Boston as early as 1969! I moved to
Andover in that year and _wicked_ was one of the localism I noted.


Barbara Need

On 9 Mar 2010, at 2:58 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> The adv. "wicked" has become pretty iconic teen lingo in the last
> decade or
> so, associated especially with the Boston area.
> JL
> On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 3:36 PM, Alison Murie <sagehen7470 at att.net>
> wrote:
>> This calls to mind an expression heard frequently among the young
>> (and
>> older natives of the area)in far northern New York,  where we lived
>> from the mid '70s till '08.  "Wicked" was often used as an
>> intensifier   or to signify something admirable.  I can't remember
>> ever hearing it anywhere else.
>> AM

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