A Wicked Awesome Explanation Of The Word 'Wicked,' As Defined By A New Englander

A Wicked Awesome Explanation Of The Word 'Wicked,' As Defined By A New Englander

So, what does it actually mean?

I'm sure you're all wondering what the heck the word "wicked" means. You've probably been somewhere on vacation or near someone at some point where you overheard them say "wicked" during a conversation. If you're lucky enough, you might've heard a northern accent to compliment the use of the word, and before you know it, you whip your head around to find the person who said it.

As a New Englander, I am guilty of having this slang term engrained in my vocabulary. It's second nature. I say it without even realizing it. I am constantly surrounded by "wicked." I hear it on a daily basis. It's wicked cold outside. I have a wicked headache. She's wicked smart. This pizza is wicked good. You name it.

Growing up in my New England bubble, I never realized that this term is foreign to people outside of New England. It wasn't until the summer after 8th grade at camp when I said something about it being wicked hot outside to one of my friends who was from New York. She interrupted me and asked me to repeat what I had just said because she had never heard someone use the word "wicked" before.

I was shocked to find out that people didn't know of this word.

So, let's get down to the meaning of "wicked." The term has evolved over the years and is most commonly used by people from Boston, like myself, who use it to describe or emphasize anything and everything. It's used in place of words like "really," "very," or "extremely" for extra emphasis. It's used to show aggravation, frustration, how great something, exaggerate a point, describe the weather, and a person. The most common phrases you'll hear the word "wicked" in include:

"Wicked Pissah"

This is the term most tourists become exposed to when they come to Boston for the first time. Every T-shirt that you'll see at pushcarts outside of touristy places has this phrase printed in big letters on it. Personally, I've never heard anyone say "wicked pissah" and I wasn't totally sure what it meant until my friend from Virginia came to visit me last summer and asked me. It's basically just another way of saying something is "really awesome."

"It's wicked hot/cold"

I'm a big advocator for this one. This phrase is one that comes up in everyday conversation. Being from New England, I'm used to cold winters, but when it gets really cold… like 10 degrees below zero and you can't walk outside without your wet hair or snot in your nose freezing, that's when you say "man, it's wicked cold outside today!"

Or, on the contrary, sometimes we get a few days in a row of 90 degrees heat in the summer, which is not very common up in New England. If you're not used to this type of drastic change in weather when you're used to it being cooler, you'll hear people say, "It's wicked hot, I need some Dunkies to cool down" (referring to Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee).

"Wicked smart"

If you know anyone who goes to an Ivy League or top school, odds are they're top of their class and are ridiculously smart. With Harvard, MIT, Yale, Tufts, Dartmouth, and Brown just around the corner, New Englanders would say that students at these schools are "wicked smart."

With this bit of wicked good information and examples of when to use "wicked" in everyday conversation, you'll soon have the term engrained in your brain too!

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.

College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.

There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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The Top 3 Lifestyle Changes I Made In College

The mistakes I corrected which stood between me and satisfaction.


2019 has been a year of unparalleled growth for me. In 2018 I could have said the same. I spent extended periods of time analyzing the factors of my life which left me, in some ways, feeling unfulfilled. Here are the top 3 lifestyle changes that I made in college which left me feeling happier than ever.

1. Cut out the toxic people. 

A house is worthless without a solid foundation. The people which you call your friends are largely the foundation for your confidence and social life. Sometimes, we recognize that these people are overall anchors on our psyche; condescending narcissists whose confidence rests on making others feel inadequate. The first step to building self-confidence is to get these people out of your life immediately. Once you solidify this foundation, you will soon realize how pitiful these people are, and growth you had been capable of without them.

2. Do you even lift?

Not only has my physical condition improved from going to the gym, so has my mental strength. As my physical form has improved, my confidence has risen. We have spent millions of years evolving to physically exert ourselves. Our modern lifestyle has left many of us without this crucial key to endorphins and proper brain chemistry; a factor which has promoted never before seen rates of depression and anxiety. Lifting weights have left me feeling better than I can remember, with endorphins and testosterone at an all-time high.

For years, I either avoided the gym or found excuses to stop. The reason I never committed to fitness was largely a lack of interest in self-betterment, but also a feeling of cluelessness in the subject. I recommend utilizing the "Beginner's Health and Fitness Guide" linked here. This guide breaks down fitness in an incredibly easy to understand way. This information is not published by someone trying to sell you something. It was written by input from numerous online fitness enthusiasts and refined for accuracy as well as simplicity. This guide has helped me and many others in online communities start down the road to improved physical and mental health through fitness.

3. Do as much as possible, even when you don't feel like it. 

I squandered years of my short life secluding myself to a comfort bubble. While in college, I have realized that happiness largely rests on occupying yourself with new and real experiences as frequently as possible. Time which would have previously been wasted on my phone, the television, or playing online games was shifted to trying new things. As often as possible, I have pushed myself to undertake activities such as learning to snowboard, grabbing food with people from college whom I had just met, going hiking with strangers and our mutual friend, traveling solo, etc. Pushing myself further from my comfort bubble every day has been exceptionally conducive to not only living life to a greater degree but also decreasing the anxieties which we all experience.

What can you fix in your current life to build the lifestyle you dream of?

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