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Ratchet

adjective; zero derivation
A term used to describe anything or anyone considered crazy, wild, and out of hand or something nasty, revolting, undesirable or low class.
 
“Well let’s get ratchet, let’s get ratchet…”
Etymology : It is a term deriving from the name of the hand tool used to tighten or loosen pipes, ratchet. Comes from the French word for “spool”. The term comes from Shreveport, Louisiana, referred to in hip hop culture as Ratchet City, most likely only referring to the less affluent areas. It is also the name of a hip hop dance; however the primary use is either a derogatory term used to insult someone or a term often used to describe a situation. It might be possible that the origin of the word conversion from a noun to an adjective comes from the association of a ratchet with repairs of broken and otherwise unseemly objects. In describing situations like a party or music performance, the connotation of the term can be positive. The word was popularized due to the rise of the Louisiana hip hop scene, notably rapper Hurricane Chris around 2007.
Source : Hurricane Chris 2008
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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