Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a ratchet as a “mechanical device that transmits intermittent motion or permits a shaft to rotate in one direction but not in the opposite one.” However, recently it’s being used as slang to describe or insult others, particularly girls.
The word ratchet is slowly becoming more than just a word, but a lifestyle. All over your Twitter feed you can see tweets saying, “Getting ratchet tonight!” Facebook and Instagram are plastered with pictures captioned, “Me and my ratchets,” “I look so ratchet,” “Getting ratchet.” And comments like, “That’s so ratchet.”
It’s laughable people, including guys, are willing to announce on social media how “ratchet” they are or are getting on the weekends. Yet, they’re still infuriated when the term is thrown at them. But what’s even worse is those who are willing to completely ruin their lives for this ratchet craze.
Local Wal-Mart stores have had a slow incline of missing ratchet tools. It’s assumed many of the culprits have been teenagers trying to be “ratchet.”
In December, two teenage girls were caught and arrested for stealing a ratchet tool kit from a local Wal-Mart. Their motive was to post a picture of themselves stealing a ratchet on Facebook. The girls put themselves in an idiotic situation. They were willing to go to jail for a few Facebook likes for a picture of them “getting ratchet while stealing ratchets.”
Of course, not everyone who jokingly calls themselves a ratchet is going to pull a stupid stunt like that for attention, but it goes to show how sane people associate those who publicize their “ratchetness”.
If you think about it, why would you purposefully promote yourself as a ratchet? And to think it’s funny? It’s not, it’s redundant and old however you personally interpret the word ratchet. Leave the ratchets to the mechanics and handymen.
Ratchet word count: 22
This article was originally published by Newsbytes Online.