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Ratchet /ˈrætʃɪt/

verb No specific type
Ratchet is the mispronunciation of wretched. Wretched is used to describe something that is really bad or of poor quality. You say something is ratchet when it is way below your standards and its quality is extremely poor.
 
We can see changes in pronunciation of the word wretched into the word ratchet. Ratchet still holds the same meaning as wretched but with some semantic broadening as wretched focuses specifically on a person while ratchet can refer to anything.
Etymology : Ratchet is the mispronunciation of wretched after going through semantic broadening. Wretched comes from the English root wretch (which means unhappy person) and English suffix ed (forming the past participle of participial adjectives that indicate condition). (Retrieved from etymonline.com).
Source : Comp Partner (in college) Me: “I just finished one of the functions for the homework.” Comp Partner: “I just saw it. It seems ratchet but it works.” Me: “I know, so we are done.” (In-person, November 2019). The word ratchet was first used by the artist UGK in their song “I’m So Bad.” This song was released in 1992, from then the term became more popular in the hip hop world (Retrieved from knowyourmeme.com).
Last modified: 9 December 2019


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