A couple of weeks ago, as we were having dinner my son asked me what was a “thot”. A thought? Don’t you know what the word “thought” means? Is what I asked him. But no, that’s not the word he was talking about. So I did what any person not in the know would do. I searched for the answer on the internet.


Oh look, yet another word to demean women. I told him the definition. That. Ho. Over. There.

“Oh, so is it just women, or men too?” he asked.

In my son’s mind, the word would be universal. In the mind of the internet and pop culture, it’s just another word used to demean women. It’s like the words ho, slut, trick, and whatever other word you can muster up weren’t enough.

So what’s the origin of thot?

According to Complex, it’s alleged that the word originated around 2012 on a music video set in Chicago. Video director Duane Gaines recalls hearing the word when he was shooting a video for Chief Keef. “He said, ‘Show no love for a thot…’ I said, what the hell is a thot? I used to go around the GBE members, they used to say ‘thot’ and ‘thoinks’—thoinks is marijuana. The word was just catchy, ‘THOT.’ So I started using it.”

Thot’s interesting, that of course it would originate in hip-hop, because we all know how women fair so well in some artist’s songs.

As I explained to my son, the word is disgusting. I also told him if I ever heard him using it…well, that’s besides the point…but as the memes for the word keep popping up, you may laugh at them at first, but pause for a second and ask yourself, can’t women ever catch a break?

By the way, death to the word thot.

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