I may be the only person in the world who didn't really enjoy Wicked the musical. And that is despite winning the ticket lottery in New York City and seeing the show from the middle of the front row for $25, on Broadway. Yes. But it's not the show's fault. I just don't like musicals, I think they're shite. Apologies if you like them. Pretty much everyone I know loves musicals. I fully recognize my deviancy in this.
Anyway, I'm not talking about the musical here, I'm just talking about the word wicked, which is your Word Up this week. Now, I spent about three or so years in Massachusetts as a kid. We had just moved back to the states from Greece, and I hadn't encountered the phrase "wicked awesome" before. And, like the Red Sox and snobby cliques of girls in school, I took an instant dislike to it. (Again, apologies if you're a Red Sox fan or a snobby girl in a clique. I really am going to be apologizing a lot in this post. As an excuse I will say that I was an SF Giants fan and anti-disestablishmentarianist at age 13.)
Okay anyway then we moved back to California where I could love the Giants in peace and the girls weren't as snobby (northern CA, not southern), even though I encountered just as foul an expression: "hella cool" or its arselicky counterpart, "hecka cool." Note: hella cool became wicked awesome after No Doubt made it famous. Anyway one of my best friends in the world still lives in Massachusetts and over the years I went back to visit her and I came to really love the word wicked, and especially the term wicked awesome. Time had healed, you see. And I could appreciate New England flava. (You know I'm making a little jokey joke when I say things like "flava" right?)
Wicked, of course, means bad, disgusting, evil, rotten. All great definitions, to be sure. To me, it means a particularly nasty brand of bad. You can be terrible, but to be wicked you have be really depraved. I love that we also use it to mean "really really." Because of course it isn't just paired with "awesome" - when used well, it's useable with anything: "That's a wicked corroded car battery." "Manchester United fans are wicked arrogant." "I have to pee wicked bad." Just saying. Just examples.
And "wicked awesome" is, well, wicked awesome, especially when said in a broad New England accent (which I have also come to appreciate and love over time). Elana Johnson, who is on my secret BFF list, lists a bunch of wicked awesome bloggers, which is totally wicked despite the obvious oversight of my not being on the list.
Thoughts on wicked or wicked awesome? Leave some wicked killa comments!