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What is the etymology of wicked, as in wicked cool? I heard it first while visitng London in 1989. Since, then it I've heard numerous times throughout the USA.
- I know that in Britain, "wickedly" is sometimes shortened to "wicked," for instance, "it's raining wicked hard." From there, I suppose it began to be used in positive contexts, especially after the literal use began to be archaic. (I think in Britain, it's considered an Americanism, actually - I can't find it in the OED.) 18.104.22.168 19:27, 30 March 2006 (UTC)