This is the full read-only archive of the "Ask the Wordwizard" section of the original Wordwizard site. The responses to the questions originate from Jonathon Green, the compiler of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and numerous other dictionaries.
What is the origin of the word "dicey" as in, risky or not so nice?
Submitted by Lenae Weichel (Raleigh, NC - U.S.A.)
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Unsurprisingly it comes from the word dice, and the image is of the unpredictability of throwing dice.
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