I hate the term ratchet as in "dat chick ratchet " or " she a ratchet ho". As far as slang goes it's got to be the most idiotic term I have ever heard. It's supposed to mean either extremely ghetto or a female who thinks she's desirable and is not. It's just so far fetched from the original meaning of the word I can't even deal with it. A ratchet is a freaking tool that only allows you to move I one direction. Used as a verb it literally means to move by degrees in one direction. I mean at least swag came for swagger which has to do with behavior and or style of dress but the word ratchet has absolutely nothing to do with the slang equivalent.