In Maine we use an expression, wicked. It is used to emphasize another descriptive word. In grammar it would be considered a compound adjective. It almost never means it’s dictionary definition. None of that matters though. Not for us Mainers anyway.
Wicked has been a Maine word for as long as I can remember. In fact When I was a kid my family lived in Florida for awhile and our neighbors nicknamed my mother Wicked-Wanda because they thought it was such a unique expression. A girl who grew up in Maine told me she once lived with some people who forbade her from using the term in fear that it might evoke some sort of evil in their home. That’s a wicked-scary thought.
While in Maine it wouldn’t be uncommon to hear something like: Its a wicked-nice day today. Meaning it’s not just a nice day but it’s a very nice day. You might hear that new restaurant has wicked-good food. Someone might say it’s a wicked-good movie, have a wicked-fun time, or that new gadget is wicked-cool (while not being evil or cold).
I was just thinking about this weekend and how it was wicked-nice that I didn’t have a million things to do. As I do when I have time to think, I started thinking about what I was thinking about. I thought about my words and their context. I wondered how many other states had slang that was timeless and unique. Slang specific to their state and the people living there. Then I thought about how a pumpkin whoopie pie would be wicked-good right now. ….sorry it’s just how my brain works.
Anyway, I was hoping you might want to share your unique words and their meanings in the comments. And if you’d share this blog too, I’d be wicked-grateful.