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    The word wicked goes against English common/universal rule that says that after voiceless sounds such as k, the final ed is pronounced like t. Note that the -e remains silent. "Wicked" ends in a k sound followed by a d sound as a result it was supposed to be blended/wɪkt/ not pronounced as an extra syllable/ˈwɪkɪd/. But I had better listen to native speakers and dictionaries.
    wicked adjective (BAD)
    /ˈwɪk.ɪd/
    wicked /wkd/
    Question: Do we have words that follow the same pattern when it comes to this exception?


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    Default Re: 'wicked'

    There is no universal rule such as you mention. 'Wicked' was not 'supposed to be' pronounced as one syllable.

    'Naked' is also two syllables.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    I think the "-ed" is pronounced as "t" after voiceless consonants when it's a suffix to a verb (as in washed) but not when the word ends naturally in "-ed" (i.e. when not a suffix, as in cowshed) - note the difference between "moped" (verb) and "moped" (vehicle)

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    Default Re: 'wicked'

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    I think the "-ed" is pronounced as "t" after voiceless consonants when it's a suffix to a verb (as in washed) but not when the word ends naturally in "-ed" (i.e. when not a suffix, as in cowshed) - note the difference between "moped" (verb) and "moped" (vehicle)
    This suggests to me a thought experiment. Suppose someone invented a candle that worked without a wick. It's longer-lasting but more expensive that the traditional candles with wicks. Your partner asks you to go shopping and get some candles '- but not those wickless ones. I prefer the old wicked* ones.

    *This is a (non-existent) one-syllable word, that would mean - if it existed - 'having a wick'.

    b

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