Words teachers don’t want to know #1: Ratchet

Ratchet n. A diva, mostly from urban cities and ghettos, that has reason to believe she is every man’s eye candy. Unfortunately, she’s wrong. –adj. Unkempt (clothes, hair, etc.)

This word is a horrific mispronunciation of the word ‘wretched’ and is used by young people to point out a peer’s (especially a female’s) flaws. It is very mean. Very, VERY mean.

My advice: Act like they are calling their peer something out of a toolbox. It’s much funnier that way.


If only this was what those mean girls were talking about…


I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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3 comments on “Words teachers don’t want to know #1: Ratchet
  1. Mlvlatina says:

    I really wish this word would go away!

  2. Liz says:

    I have used it to teach connotation vs. denotation. Was it very intellectual? No, probably not, but they can tell you what the difference is in those words.

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