Hip Hop Culture for Grown-Ups
Words by Tony Grands
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…