Drop Down And Get Your Eagle On Girl : 10 Signs You’re A Sophistiratchet Woman

November 8, 2013  |  
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Last year,  NewsOneAssociate Editor Terrell Jermaine Starr put out a national casting call for a special someone in his life. Someone who, besides possessing a good sense of humor and earning a good education, was in one word: sophistiratchet. For those who do not know what the term means, here is the definition:

Definition of sophistirachet (woman)

1: a woman of highly educated pedigree (academically, socially, and otherwise) and worldly breeding; fluent in various forms of public etiquette yet is equally knowledgeable of the latest strip club songs, updated on most prime-time ratchet cable programs and conversant in the tongue of hoochie mama.

2: a high-class individual who is open to incorporating low-brow tendencies in to her persona for momentary enjoyment.

3: an otherwise brilliant woman but, for some reason, is a Blackberry owner who, at times, is puzzled by touch screen mobile technology.

4: she is a “Vision of Love” and can (Nicki Minaj voice) “raah, raah!” like a “Dungeon Dragon.”

5: she is multilingual, speaking several UN-recognized languages; she is an expert in a tongue that will never be heard at a General Assembly: rachatese.

Although we’re not sure if Starr ever found his leading lady, here is our (extended) list of what it means sophistiratchet. Check it out to see if you are both sophisticated and ratchet.

You love unlimited brunch

Brunch is a time to catch up with your girlfriends or stare into your man’s dreamy eyes. Regardless of why you are there, the unlimited mimosas quench your thirst and leave you feeling giddy and charming. Perfect for those Instagram selfies you take with your manicured nails.


You love for freakup dresses when night falls

By day you look like you stepped out of a fashion magazine — clean cut and professional or trendy and flirty. But as Whitney Houston sang “When the nighttime falls” (instead of your loneliness calling, it’s your freakum dress). You love to pair it with your highest heels as you stop traffic.

You really do drop down and get your eagle on

Don’t front girl! No matter if its the weekend or happy hour , once you hear your favorite song you drop what Mom Dukes blessed you with!


But you can also waltz with the big wigs

Though you may twerk better than Miley, when it comes to dancing and dressing at corporate events you leave the ratchet at the door. Instead, you find yourself in a Michelle Obama inspired gown as you waltz the night away.

You have an inner rapper

Whether you are quoting HOV , 2 Chainz or Crime Mob, you love acting as though you are one of the boys with street cred. People can find you brushing up on your rapping skills in the car, club and even supermarket.

“Shoot at you actors like movie directors!” Aye!


You keep up with the latest literature

If you are not able to request time off from work, you find time to drift away in a book! No matter if it is Sister Souljah, Terry McMillian, Octavia Butler or Edwidge Danticat, you support books  in the literature canon or Baba Solomon’s one stop corner shop.

But you also love reality TV, Scandal and politics

You and your friends like to discuss the social issues that are brought up in reality television, Scandal and the news. Those topics cover (in)fidelity, relationships, racism, and international politics and a true sophistiratchet woman will know how to link these issues to their respected study (i.e. psychology, sociology and maybe even biology).



Your nails express your individuality

Depending on your profession, you may not be able to be too creative with your nails. One thing is certain though, your mood can be told through your nail polish color and nail wrap art designs.

You cook fusion food

Betty Crocker and Rachel Ray have nothing on you! Whether it is artichoke and spinach dip  with zucchini chips or honey curry chicken with rice pilaf, you always have a creative twist with food thanks to Pinterest. But you’ll also throw a homemade marinade on suspect roasted chicken from the bodega in a pinch if you have to.


You love to travel

You love to challenge yourself by traveling because it helps you trusts people better and you are able to discover a new you. Also, when it comes to souvenirs you are able to find the best statement jewelry and scarfs to add to your wardrobe. You’ll also bring back a shot glass or two and take the megabus from your destination to save pennies.

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