Saturday, July 21, 2007

Wicked - Sunday Scribblings 7/22/07



I don’t know that I have ever used the word “wicked” in a sentence unless I was describing a character from the Wizard of Oz to someone who had never seen it. But that has probably never happened since I rarely converse with anyone from outside our galaxy.




The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt was a film I saw in the early 80’s based on a great Ray Bradbury novel, “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” It was not nearly as good as the book, but movies seldom are. It was interesting enough to hold my attention and be wary of carnival people, which I still am.


If I were from Boston, I would have used the word thousands of times as in “that chowda was wicked good” or “that sunset was wicked pissah”. But sadly. I live in the Deep South and have had no reason to use the term “wicked.”

If I were a sportscaster I would have used it as in “strike three on a wicked splitter.” If I were a Boston sportscaster I could say, “that was a wicked good slider from Schilling, wicked pissah that it was hit for a home run.” (see, I hate the Red Sox. They are truly wicked.)



I googled the word “wicked” and the first hundred or so entries referred to a Broadway Musical about the “untold story of the Witches of Oz.” I could sit in the Orchestra for $110.00 a ticket. That is “wicked expensive” considering I have no interest in learning more about those witches and sitting that close there is always a chance of a house falling on me or getting strafed by a stray shingle. But I could sit in the Rear Mezzanine for $50.00 a seat. That sounds like a “wicked” good deal and appears much safer.

16 comments:

Herb Urban said...

Wicked awesome post. Can chowda be wicked?

Redness said...

Wicked ... totally wicked man ;~)

gautami tripathy said...

$110? As you say, it IS wickedly costly!

DJPare said...

Good post, except of course for the anti-Sox comments!
I love Myrtle Beach - so back off my Sox... :)

Megan said...

Usually the only conversationally wicked I use is a "wicked headache". They usually are. :)
great post!

myrtle beached whale said...

djpare:

I have to hate the Red Sox. After 45 years of being a devout Yankee fan, it is in my DNA. Actually, I only started hating them in 2004. Before that, the were not a relevant competitor. Long live Bucky Dent!!!

KJ said...

I clicked on over from Sunday Scribblings because...come on, Myrtle Beached Whale? How could I resist taking a peek to see just what kind of blog would go along with that WICKED name?

I wasn't disappointed! You are about nine kinds of hilarious.

(I'm from South Carolina, too, though not lucky enough to live at the beach.)

Lucy said...

That wicked witch has scared me my whole life!
The wickedly expensive Broadway witch, however just frightened my pocket book.

myrtle beached whale said...

thank you all for reading my drivel and taking the time to comment.

KJ: Myrtle Beach isn't heaven but it is the closest I will ever get.

myrtle beached whale said...

The first movie that truly scared me as a child was Darby O'Gill and the Little People. I was about seven when I saw it and though it was a Disney film, there were a couple of scenes I will never forget with a frightful banshee and the coach of death. It was one of Sean Connery's first films and it was way ahead of its time when it came to special affects. Effects good enough to scare the bejesus out of a seven year old.

Paul said...

Clever piece of work. I enjoyed reading it.

forgetfulone said...

That was a wicked cool post!

Pinehurst in my Dreams said...

I miss my computer, wickedly. Good to see you still writing. Thought I'd let you know I survived a very wicked bus ride. 12 hours swelled to 14. . .but no America's Most Wanted. Just a few elderly ladies, a mom and her kids, some learning disabled guys. . .oh, and a wicked bus driver. (Didn't button the top two buttons on his uniform. . .the results were hairy.)

myrtle beached whale said...

Pinehurst:

Sounds like your particular bus contained "America's Least Wanted."

Pinehurst in my Dreams said...

:) Especially the bus driver. (Who wants to see white chest hair????)

myrtle beached whale said...

Pinehurst:
I take exception to that. I am filthy with white chest hair.