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    Hello,

    I have a question from an Amecican film.

    Friends are greeting each other.
    When a guy says "What's up, man?", another guy says
    "Scratchin', man"

    I wonder what "scratchin' " means here.
    Does he mean "things are not good"?

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Re: scratchin'

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question from an Amecican film.

    Friends are greeting each other.
    When a guy says "What's up, man?", another guy says
    "Scratchin', man"

    I wonder what "scratchin' " means here.
    Does he mean "things are not good"?

    Thank you,
    Tara
    Hi, Tara!

    I have watched a lot of westerns but I've never heard that expression used.
    If a cowboy is 'scratchin', perhaps he is sleeping too close to his horse!!!

    Or, he might mean that he doesn't have much money and needs to 'scratch' around (like a chicken) to find food, drink, and other essentials!

    In any event, use of the word 'scratchin' is not used too often!

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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    Hello Amigos4,

    Thank you for your comment.

    The person who says "Scratchin'" is a young guy, and
    he lives in southern California near Mexico.

    So, I bet it is an expression or slang for young people
    in the area.
    And I thought it means something else other than literally meaning
    because they are just greeting.

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Re: scratchin'

    Hi Tara,

    My unpretentious assumption referring the mentioned term "scratching" is:

    scratching = a rodeo term for when a horse sides are raked with spurs.

    You are right "things are not good". Probably the man have become injured groin as a result of a prolonged and heavy riding.

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    Re: scratchin'

    Hi Vil,

    Thank you for your remark.

    Does the expression come from rodeo?
    That's interesting.

    I thought it's simply from act of scratching.
    That's why I guessed it means the person is
    irritating or frustrating.

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Hi Tara,

    Welcome. It makes my heart glad to help you.

    There is another meaning but you might see it alone in the Urban Dictionary.

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    Hi Vil,

    Thank you.

    Yes, I often visit the Urban Dictionary site
    when I look up some slangs.

    Tara

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    Hi Tara,

    Many people make fun of my animation for Urban Dictionary. Just the contrary, I appreciate this reliable source of knowledge in common parlance.

    Go ahead!

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    #9

    Re: scratchin'

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question from an Amecican film.

    Friends are greeting each other.
    When a guy says "What's up, man?", another guy says
    "Scratchin', man"

    I wonder what "scratchin' " means here.
    Does he mean "things are not good"?

    Thank you,
    Tara
    It is difficult to say what this means. It is some kind of urban slang but the slang I have found for this word does not fit the situation you describe.

    Scratchin' is a technique that a DJ uses with a vinyl record. He moves it back and forth under a phonograph needle to make an interesting sound. I would guess that this is a good thing.

    You say you saw the movie. Visual clues can often give meaning to words.

    First of all, the person who said this phrase....was he smiling???

    If this is true, it could mean that things were going not too badly. Very similar to this kind of conversation:

    "What's up, man?"
    "Hanging in there, man!", he replied.

    If he wasn't smiling and looked sad or depressed then it probably means something negative in his life has happened...he is scratching to stay alive....barely scraping out a living.

    Try to remember the scene and how they looked.

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    Re: scratchin'

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question from an Amecican film.

    Friends are greeting each other.
    When a guy says "What's up, man?", another guy says
    "Scratchin', man"

    I wonder what "scratchin' " means here.
    Does he mean "things are not good"?

    Thank you,
    Tara
    Hi, Tara!

    I can't find any source for the term 'scratchin'. What movie is the dialogue taken from?

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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