Ghetto.The New Hip Term.

Ghetto fabulous, hot ghetto mess, that is so ghetto. Not one day goes by without seeing or hearing that word. From a corporate environment, to social networks and casual conversations it is becoming overkill. This one lone word is often times used  loosely and more often times than not in the wrong fashion. When did this nomenclature become the cool thing to say to describe something? If you were curious the definition of ghetto is defined as the following per the Miriam Webster dictionary:

1. a quarter if a city in which Jews were formerly required to live

2. a quarter of a city in which members of a minority group live especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure

Unless you occupy either of the above two please stop already!

I have to admit I have used ghetto before but it is now time to retire that word. I definitely do not want my 3 and 6-year-old shouting out, “MOM that is so ghetto” at any time! If the word is not being used properly it looses it’s meaning and  becomes derogatory on a whole nother level.

So chime in do you have a problem with how the word ghetto is used in today’s society?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Randi
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 22:16:21

    I personally don’t have a problem with the word being said. Meanings of words change with time. Like when we were kids and we said “that’s bad” did we really mean it was bad? No. It now meant “cool”. And now kids say “that’s sick” and they mean its really cool not that’s its sick! I’m thinking if we look up a lot of words ppl have changed the meaning of what they originally meant long ago. Times change, ppl change, words change and gas goes up!


  2. Kay @LoveNWright
    May 22, 2011 @ 19:31:35

    Yes, I’d like to put this term to peace as well. I am a school teacher and just last week the students used the word twice in a day. One referring to a student’s first name and another referring to the way in which I read for a character during a teacher read aloud. Cousin’s by Virginia Hamilton, it was a teachable moment – dialects- but it still stung that a black child associates a certain vernacular with being “ghetto” Hmmmph

    Kay @LoveNWright


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