Any avid reality TV addict can’t help notice that each season of our beloved weekly indulgence features a few new words or phrases that we dare repeat in our own conversations. Throughout the dramatic fights, break-ups, throw downs, and verbal lashings, these ladies (and a few men) are notorious for their outlandish vernacular.
Some of my favorite reality starlets include the ladies of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Basketball Wives (LA and Miami), Bad Girls Club, Love & Hip Hop (New York and ATL), Mob Wives, and Braxton Family Values.
In the wise words of the witty Tamar Braxton, this is your guide to reality slang.com! Get your life.
Season 3 of Love & Hip Hop New York revealed the trials and tribulations of love in the hip hop music industry. Actress/Model/Singer Erica Mena can be noted for repeating “feel a certain type of way” in her tumultuous relationship with Manager Rich Dollaz. Translation: You had some sort of emotional feeling in direct relation to something I’ve said or done. Although… I may not know what that is so I use this vague sentence.
For those of you who tuned into Basketball Wives Miami and can recall the heated dish-throwing argument between firecracker Evelyn Lozada and her bf turned nemesis Jennifer Williams then you remember Lozada’s epic slogan “you ain't about that life”. Translation: You’re all talk and you pretend to be someone you’re not. And my other favorite from miss Lozada is the infamous “you’re a non mother-f***ing factor b****”, which came after she reluctantly divulged to fellow cast mate Tami Roman that she had previously slept with her ex-husband. Translation: You really don’t matter or didn’t matter at the relevant time you are upset about.
It seems the ladies of Basketball Season 2 were all about one thing. Getting “turnt up”. Translation: Having a real good time. Actually the best time, probably inebriated. But don’t call any of these women “ratchet” because they might get turnt up in a bad way. Translation: Many people use this word differently but in this case let’s just say this adjective describes someone who doesn’t know how to act, cannot get their fashion right, or will do and say the most inappropriate things at the worst times.
One stunning woman who would never consider herself ratchet is Kenya Moore of the latest season of Real Housewives of Atlanta. This former Miss USA really knows how to win her battles with her distinguished twirl and famous line “Gone with the wind fabulous”. Translation: I am THE most fabulous person without having to try. I am timeless, and pretty much amazing. Can’t nobody hold me down (especially not if you’re Porsha Stewart).
And last but not least are the feisty Mob Wives of Staten Island. The women of Mob Wives are certainly not a bunch to be messed with- that is unless they are fighting with one another. Ticking time bomb Renee Graziano, fearless Karen Gravano, and the “sweet until you piss her off” Carla Focciolo can all be quoted threatening “you don’t want to go to war with me”. Translation: You don’t want to start a verbal or physical battle with me because I will ruin you.
There you have it! The quick guide to understanding the women we can’t help but watch tear each other to shreds each year.