noun, plural ra·tios.
verb (used with object), ra·tioed or ra·tio'd, ra·tio·ing.
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does ratio mean?
On the social media platform Twitter, a ratio, or getting ratioed, is when replies to a tweet vastly outnumber likes or retweets. This means people are objecting to the tweet and considering its content bad.
Where does ratio come from?
You might remember from math class that a ratio is a proportional relationship between two numbers. For example, if I have two carrots for every one apple, my carrot-to-apple ratio is 2:1, or 2/1 as a fraction.
In the Twittersphere, a ratio specifically refers to the number of replies to a tweet versus the number of likes and retweets. The importance of this ratio was first called out by user @85mf, who noted on March 7, 2017 that U.S. congressman Jason Chaffetz had a tweet with 701 replies and only 23 retweets and 108 likes. @85mf commented: “Nothing on this site makes me happier than reply-to-RT ratios like this. That is the ratio of someone who fuuuuu***d up.”
In April 2017, an article in Esquire, “How to Know If You’ve Sent a Horrible Tweet: A Deep Dive into The Ratio,” gave a longer description of this phenomenon. Essentially, showing you like something on Twitter is easy: You simply like or retweet the comment. It takes more effort, however, to leave a negative comment, so, if lots of people do so, then it must be a sign the tweet has really stepped in it. By fall 2017, the noun ratio had been verbed, as in I’ve been ratioed or Let’s ratio this guy.
Before Twitter analytics became a thing, having something that was well-ratioed, like ingredients on a sandwich, meant it was well-proportioned. But since 2017, there is little positive about being ratioed. It means your tweet has been taken down by the hive mind.
How is ratio used in real life?
Ratios are obviously found all over math and science and their uncountable real-world applications, where it’s just another way of expressing the proportional relationship between two numbers.
But on social media, a ratio refers specifically to this relationship between comments, retweets, and likes, and it implies a post is objectionable.
Here for the ratio, and to ask again when you'll hire another public editor or reader advocate.
— beeswax (@realmissbeeswax) November 25, 2018
While it started on Twitter and is most commonly found there, users’ posts can be ratioed on nearly any social media platform, including Reddit and Instagram.
The definition has also expanded to refer to the ratio of the number of people a user follows based on how many people follow them—a sign of internet popularity as well (or lack thereof).
ugh look at that skinny ratio😩 pic.twitter.com/K8JO4bEbPL
— ًpaige (@sochemicaI) November 25, 2018
Getting ratioed on Twitter has become such a trend that it’s spawned its own hashtag, #ratioed, which salty tweeters use to note particularly unpopular tweets.
In the gaming world, your ratio more likely refers to your k/d ratio—your kill-to-death ratio, meaning how many players you’ve killed versus how many times you’ve been killed.
More examples of ratio:
“It’s widely considered that if you have a ratio of 2:1 for replies to retweets, you’ve done something wrong. So if your ratio gets higher than that, you know you’re in trouble.”
—Rachel Hosie, The Independent (UK), April 2017
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Example sentences from the Web for ratio
The graph represents the ratio of the number of times that word was searched relative to the total number of all searches during that time.A comprehensive guide on using Google Trends for keyword research|Aayush Gupta|February 12, 2021|Search Engine Watch
Other houses in the city show a similar ratio, with animals a far more popular subject than humans of all types.What archaeologists got wrong about female statues, goddesses, and fertility|Annalee Newitz|February 10, 2021|Popular Science
They just want to spout statistics about student-faculty ratio and class sizes to you.Paying for College Can Be Overwhelming. Here's What You Need to Know to Find an Affordable Option|Sean Gregory|February 5, 2021|Time
Neither team is expected to run the ball all that much, as both are pretty much 60-to-40 in their pass-to run ratios.Predictions for Super Bowl LV: Lots of scoring, plus a concern for Patrick Mahomes|John Clayton|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
That ratio could hit 180% by 2050, by far the highest debt burden the US has ever had.
Carlisle writes that the Air Force would want a crew ratio of 10 to one for each drone orbit during normal everyday operations.
During an emergency that ratio could be allowed to drop to 8.5 people per orbit.
However, the Air Force is so strapped for people that the ratio has dropped below even that reduced level.
The Italian navy tweeted regular updates of the saved-to-stranded passenger ratio.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From that, they extracted the ratio of the number of deuterium atoms to the number of hydrogen atoms.
The fervor of an Englishman's loyalty is usually in a direct ratio with the extent of his material possessions.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
This ratio constitutes one of the most important points in diagnosis, since it is practically unknown in other diseases.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
The service is practically the same, but the ratio of charges is from two to three times higher in the coffee room.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
Four hundred thousand pounds probably bore as great a ratio to the wealth of Scotland then as forty millions would bear now.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
It was soon found that with plate webs the ratio of depth to span could not be economically increased beyond 1/15 to 1/12.
British Dictionary definitions for ratio
noun plural -tios
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Medical definitions for ratio
n. pl. ra•tios
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Cultural definitions for ratio
An expression of the relative size of two numbers by showing one divided by the other.