No, do not get all excited this is not that glorious post, that I have already written in my head, telling you how I FINALLY got to see the play Wicked that I have been wanting to see for a gazillion years. It is not even a post about me reading the book Wicked which is sitting on my nightstand waiting for me. This is a post about the word wicked yes, the word.
1.evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous: wicked people; wicked habits.
2.mischievous or playfully malicious: These wicked kittens upset everything.
3.distressingly severe, as a storm, wound, or cold: a wicked winter.
4.unjustifiable; dreadful; beastly: wicked prices; a wicked exam.
5.having a bad disposition; ill-natured; mean: a wicked horse.
6.spiteful; malevolent; vicious: a wicked tongue.
7.extremely troublesome or dangerous: wicked roads.
8.unpleasant; foul: a wicked odor.
9.Slang. wonderful; great; masterful; deeply satisfying: He blows a wicked trumpet.
Did you read the last one? Read it again. The slang form of wicked is what I am talking about today. My kindergartner, Natalie, has a great teacher who was born and raised in Boston. She has the "Bawston" accent. She says, "kindegawhten" is great. If she was in the car with you she would say, "Where are you going to pawhk your cawh?" She also uses a term that I am told is very New England....."wicked." I have been around her teacher a teeny tiny bit and I tell you the woman uses the word "wicked" a ton. And since I do not homeschool my Natalie is with her fabulous kindergarten teacher 6/5 (6 hours a day, 5 days a week) and that is most definitely enough time for Natalie to have learned the proper use of the word "wicked." here are some examples in case you do not understand:
Two nights ago she woke up at about 2:00am and came to my room and said, "Mom, I had a wicked bad nightmare." How can you refuse letting someone into your bed with you who had a "wicked bad nightmare?"
Yesterday she was running fast and she declared to us all, "I can run wicked fast." I hope that is what she will do if something wicked is ever presented to her.
Also yesterday we were inspecting her class picture for the hundreth time and she announced, "Mac is wicked hot." Okay, that one really got my attention. "Hot" and "wicked" both in the same sentence?
Mac is a little boy in her school class who according to Natalie is going to marry 4 of the 5 girls in the class. The 5th girl does not get to join Mac's harem because she took his cupcake one time and apparently Mac can hold a "wicked" grudge. I mentioned to Natalie that if she marries Mac she can not get married in the temple and she exclaimed in a very desperate " Romeo and Juliet tone", "But I love him." I totally understood how she felt but sometimes the "wicked" truth can be hard.
So I googled, "Boston" and "wicked" and all my suspicions were confirmed. I found ever so many t-shirt sites with sayings like these on their Boston t- shirts:
"Wicked big tea pahty."
" Pahkin ya cah is wicked hahd."
" R's ah fah losahs." (did you figure that one out?)
While we are on the subject of weird ways to say things. be aware that a "shopping cart" in New England is a "carriage" and a "garage" sale is a "tag" sale.
So now you are educated on how to talk when you come here and maybe you could throw out the word "wicked" a few times in the midwest, south or west just for fun. And I am not spell checking this post it might cause someone at blogger to report me :)