#5 That’s so ghetto
Maybe you think that calling something “ghetto” only means calling it “cheap” or “lame” without any class or racial connotations. You’re mistaken. The term “ghetto” describes the most underprivileged and segregated areas of American cities. There are better, non-racist, and non-classist words you can use to express what you don’t like.
At some point in the 20th century, the term “ghetto” began to be used in the US to denote neighborhoods with a large African American population, particularly those that were densely populated as a result of the major movement of American blacks from southern states to northern cities. Then, in the 1960s and 1970s, it started having a more derogatory meaning relating to race, poverty, socioeconomic classes, and run-down neighborhoods.