Why are people using the word ‘ratchet?’

s_sadeghi_slang_500x279Ratchet. What does it mean?

According to Dictionary.com:
/ˈraCHit/ Noun
A device consisting of a bar or wheel with a set of angled teeth in which a pawl, cog, or tooth engages, allowing motion in one direction…

Here’s how popular slang lexicon Urban Dictionary defines it:
ratchet: adj. a term for someone who is either 1. a whore 2. dirty/nasty 3. ghetto as HELL 4. being annoying 5. busted

How did the urban community come to adopt this word and why?

This weekend on WFUV‘s Fordham Conversations, Robin Shannon talks with Fordham University student Julianny Gomez and Dr. Aimee Cox, an assistant professor of African American Studies, about the popular slang term.

Julianny’s research examines how the derogatory term has been adopted as a way for young African Americans to police, embarrass and degrade one another.

Tune in to 90.7 FM on Saturday, June 8, at 7 a.m., or listen online here.