1Sure, slang words come and go, but some just don’t seem to make any sense
Not that anybody really cares when a perfectly sensible word gets twisted to mean it’s exact opposite. But honestly, what has a nice, helpful little word like “sick” ever done to you, and how in the world did it happen…?
2For those living under a rock, here’s what “sick” has come to mean
When kids (as we like to call them) use the word, they mean good, awesome, excellent or very impressive- and to be really awesome about it myself, I will remind my teenager of that the next time they are too “sick” to do something.
3When did kids first start using it? Can you give me some examples?
When “sick” arrived in the Midwest in the 70’s , it wasn’t quite cool yet. At that time it was meant to describe something odd or unusual.
Then in the 80’s surfers- a little out there, but always trend-setting – started using it. They began referring to their experiences with phrases like… “I caught some sick air!” and “Those were some sick waves!”
Initially they were referring to the act of taking in too much air or water to the point it would make you sick. But the talent required for these tricks was so amazing that the term took on a positive connotation.