Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Speaking of Ratchet . . .
Carl commented about one of the latest bits of ebonic vernacular. Actually, if Carl heard about it, there is small likelihood it can still be described in terms of "latest" .
Anyhow, it seems that "Ratchet" is indeed on the lips of many purportedly to be in the know of things cool.
In reality, it is anything but cool, and demonstrative of endemic oblivious ignorance - very akin to axed - as in: "I axed that dood for a pull off his forty"
My first guess was that is is a perversion of wretched, which has this definition according to Webster: " very poor in quality or ability : inferior wretched workmanship"
Of course, it could also be a similarly limp-lipped pronunciation of "Rat Shit".
The original definition of ratchet (as in wrench) is just as apropos: "to cause to move by steps or degrees, usually used with up or down"
As in: "That ratchet ho was going up and down on that dood like a ratchet."