Wicked sick

I think it probably started with ‘bad’ being good. And then when I was a kid, ‘wicked’ meant good. Because these happened before or while I was a kid, these terms seem perfectly reasonable. However, as with so many things, we are comfortable with all of the progress that occurred until we are around eight.

The kids of today call things ‘sick’, which means good. And obviously, that’s bad (actually bad not ‘bad’ good). The trend seems to be to use more horrible words each time. And there seem to be two phases. The early unmodified state when the word is shocking enough to work by itself. Then when it needs a bit of jujjing up we add the “well” modifier.

1. Bad
2. Well Bad
3. Wicked
4. Well Wicked
5. Sick
6. Well Sick

I am afraid to tell you that we are in the “well sick” phase. And that means that we are going to have to establish what comes next.

There hasn’t yet been enough data to tell if word length is oscilating. But the words have been getting “worse” pretty consistantly.

I think we might eventually get to ‘dead’ as good, but that’s probably too much of a leap. I think we need to have a couple of stages of illness in between. Maybe a milder one and then a stronger one. Let’s just focus on the next one, a lighter illness.

For some reason, the first thing that came to mind was ‘Rubella’. Not that I am saying rubella is that light. Wicked was a longer word and it got through the net. But wicked is only two syllables. I think Rubella is pushing things a bit far. So I pushed rubella to one side and suddenly I hit on a sure fire hit: ‘Mumps’.

“Oh man, that is so mumps.”
“That is well mumps.”

I think we have a winner.

5 thoughts on “Wicked sick

  1. Isn’t ‘dead’ already used? As in ‘dead cool’?

    I was thinking some of this started, strangely, with ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. I think Joss Whedon came up with (or perhaps merely recorded) a whole new teenage vocabulary. Then I suddenly remembered ‘the dog’s bollocks’, perhaps one of the strangest expressions for something good in our language.

  2. Christine says:

    I find this subject intriguing because some of the words work for me and others don’t. I don’t really understand the use of bad meaning good. To me it just means bad.

    But wicked, I can totally understand being bad or good. I used it yesterday to say I had a wicked sore throat, meaning bad, but I wouldn’t be averse to saying I was eating a wicked strawberry or something.

    I really do not agree with the use of sick as a positive, it just sounds all kinds of wrong in my head.

    It’s weird how some words work and some words don’t. But “well mumps”, I can get on board with. Even if it is an oxymoron. 🙂

  3. Pat W says:

    Love it!

    The one I like most isn’t to do with wellness at all and came up in QI (meaning I have no idea how true it is) – the use of ‘book’ instead of ‘cool’ in speech, because in predictive text the word book appears when you type in cool.

    This post is well book.

  4. kris says:

    Careful, otherwise we’ll soon be talking about kicking puppy.

  5. tumzy klung says:

    a slang use for something that is not so good is ‘dry’ – ‘that is well dry! blud’ (use of blud optional)

    well, now ive had someone write to me and say that an event i was at was well ‘moist’… the opposite of dry yet the same meaning, maybe it means it was so dry that dry actually became moist!!!

    perhaps it will eventually go full circle and suddenly the word good will mean good again?

    or its already in reverse as many years ago the word bad meant good anyway and was changed so that good which meant bad actually became good instead of bad…

    maybe its all fitting out-to place!

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