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    'wicked'


    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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    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.

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    Re: 'wicked'

    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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    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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