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WICKED

THIS MONTH WE’RE LOOKING AT THE WORD “WICKED” AND HOW IT’S USED IN YOUTH CULTURE. THE WORD USED TO BE JUST ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING EVIL, BUT HOW IS IT USED

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In its correct definition, “wicked” refers to someone or something bad or malevolent. The word is quite antiquated these days, and it can sound strange when used in conversation. In Britain, it has been resurrected by youth culture, although it is occasionally used in America. In the 1980s, English comedian Lenny Henry used it a lot in his comedy acts. His character Delbert Wilkins, a supercool DJ, had a car which he named the “Ford Wicked”. In this case, “wicked” is used in a similar way to the word “cool”, which means very fashionable or very good. Here are some examples of the word used in this way:

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The latest issue of Hot English (171 – the August issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 8 songs to motivate you to learn in English – learn English by listening to these fantastic songs... and get motivated to learn even more! Plus, 6 useful verbs for talking about transport, 8 useful sports words, 12 words and expressions for talking about the cinema, 6 ways for describing time, 8 useful phrasal verbs, 8 idioms... plus: • Unusual news – home wreckers. • Health – losing weight with Richard Simmons. • Phone English – making reservations. • Language – confusing words. • TV – Frasier. • Business – Adidas versus Puma. • Food – casserole. • Culture – charities. • Film – 007. • Philosophy – good versus evil. • Celebrities – memorabilia sales. • Language – the meaning of “wicked”. • Slang – learn some slang with our dictionary of slang. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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