This young woman who is friends with my daughter called me “Ratchet” the other day. I went to Urban Dictionary, but I couldn’t understand a damn word of the definitions. Can you please explain to me what this word “Ratchet” means to kids these days? I can’t make heads nor tails of it! -- Yolanda from Chicago
“Ratchet” is defined as “A toothed bar with which a pawl engages.” and a “Pawl” is “A pivoted bar adapted to engage with the teeth of a ratchet wheel or the like so as to prevent movement or to impart motion.” So clearly when that person called you “Ratchet” they meant you were a toothed ho that a “Pawl” (aka: playa) was trying to hit on so he could get you in a situation you couldn’t escape (aka: a one night stand). It’s all very technical, but how can you even be offended when someone’s involving such clever mechanical metaphors in their insults?
|Some people refer to socket wrenches as ratchets as well.|