(noun) \sə-ˈfis-tə-ˈra-chət\:

a person with the an inherent ability to identify with sophisticated culture and understand standings as well as urban culture and terminiology

(adjective) describing a person who has the superior knowledge of being able to combine cultures of seemingly opposite constructs.


Other definitions: from


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.

How I understand sophistirachet

Somewhere in my junior year of college I realized that there were many different types of people (specifically women). I knew this before of course, but now I could see clear cut where the divisions lay. I found myself surrounded by women whom I would describe as sophisticated. They were well behaved (in public), well dressed, stylish, smart, progressive, leaders, business minded, and steadfast; they were like me. I didn’t know some of them personally, but we were well acquainted and ran in most of the same circles. The end of my junior year I had gotten into closer acquaintances with these girls, as we were beginning to plan our University’s Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference. Through 10 long months of planning, re-planning, promoting, coercing, decorating, etc, I got to know these young women. I got to see the ratchet side of them come out.

We worked hard planning the conference, and being undergrads at a party school we played hard as well. We would work 2-5 hours discussing adversities women go through and when we were done we would go have a few glasses of wine/spirits and twerked something basic at the club and/or house party we saw fit.

After the huge success of the conference, I sat with myself and recalled the last 10 months. the sophistication of women from different backgrounds coming together to make a phenomenal conference exceed expectations and the rachetness we needed to have as a de-stressing protocol. It was a duality in which I had seen nothing else like. It was beautiful.

I don’t think I’ve coined the term “sophistirachet” however I do feel as though myself and several others came about the terminology around the same time. While sitting with several of the ladies I had planned the conference with and several young gentleman on campus the term was brought into fruition as we knew it. Meant first to be a joke, it began to stick. It became a running joke, and then by some feat a reality. My alma mater is/was the epitome of sophistirachet. We are well dressed, well versed, well educated and our humor is impeccable. All of these abilities span from the classroom, to the club, to the beach, to home life. After all, who doesn’t enjoy looking like a model cooking gourmet meals while taking shots of grain alcohol and studying physics simultaneously?