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.
2. Well Bad
4. Well Wicked
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.