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The Checklist: You Might Be Ratchet If… (Black Girl Edition)

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I have a theory that the word “ratchet” (both a noun & an adjective) — which is urban slanguage for a girl with ghetto tendencies or a young lady who operates with less class than socially acceptable — derived from the term “hood rat”. Again, this is purely speculation, but I believe the popular 90s term “hood rat” was flipped & contrived into “rat chick,” morphed into “ratchet” at some ridiculous point in time & the rest is present-day history.

Now, while the word “ratchet” has yet to make it’s way into the Oxford Dictionary family (although I don’t doubt it’s headed their faster than the police to a call about Chris Brown), it’s still a viable word that carries plenty of grammatical weight.

I predict you’ll hear Bart Simpson calling his sister Lisa “ratchet” by next year. & he’ll call her that because she’ll be watching a Miley Cyrus “How To Twerk It!” video on YouTube, but that’s neither here nor there.

Caution: Do not let the classic prototype template of being (a) ratchet fool you. You could be one without even knowing it. So, put the blunt down & read on, because you might be ratchet if…

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11 comments on “The Checklist: You Might Be Ratchet If… (Black Girl Edition)

  1. Krissy
    August 28, 2013

    I laugh every time baby boy is on. Contrary to popular belief it is a comedy. If we took it serious it would have never become a cult classic

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    • thetonygrands.com
      August 28, 2013

      ^Ratchet

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      • Krissy
        August 28, 2013

        Whatev

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        • thetonygrands.com
          August 28, 2013

          LOL! I understand though.

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          • Krissy
            August 28, 2013

            I’ll be ratchet if the comedy is a stipulation Lmao

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          • thetonygrands.com
            August 28, 2013

            I want to meet John Singleton & ask him if it’s meant to be so comedic. Maybe I’ll tweet him. #nh

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          • Krissy
            August 28, 2013

            Lol doooittttt

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  2. Curtis75Black
    August 28, 2013

    You know what Tony, I just finished reading this post LMAO & in coincidence Nas’ Stillmatic “Braveheart Party” 2nd verse ended. Listen to it, you’ll understand.

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  4. chan
    August 30, 2013

    well I put my cell phone in my bra all the time out of convenience – didnt think that was ratchet, but I guess I am. all that other sh*t tho…is ratchet AF and I participates in NONE of it! LOL

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    • thetonygrands.com
      August 30, 2013

      I put my cell phone in my bra all the time out of convenience

      So does Queen Grands. Smh. It’s been hot lately. Y’all gonna short those pieces out…

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