|Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson dressed as Ratchet Girls|
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Old Words Cluttering Up Our Understanding of Each Other
My wife is six years younger than me and at times that can be a bit of a problem because our cultural reference points are so far from each other and yet, by far, the most difficult thing is our mixed lexicons. Last night was a prime example of this when we were discussing a friend of her's from college. My wife was lamenting her friend's situation and during the course of looking at some of her photos on Instagram she made the comment that the girl was looking so "ratchet."
Now for me a ratchet is something you use to tighten up a bolt so I gave her a look and gingerly asked, "She's a mechanic?"
"What," my wife asked with a look that bordered on smelling a fart.
"You said she's looking so ratchet."
A blank stare met me. And then it lingered before she finally said, "That's not what ratchet means."
"It means that she looks all messed up," she said as she waved her hand about her face. "Her hair looks like hell. Her make-up is smeared. Things are just not right in her life. You know, ratchet."
"We call that fucked up in this house," I said in my best disapproving tone, "and I'll hear no argument from you."
"God, you're so old."
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