Definition of scratchiti in English:

scratchiti

noun

  • [mass noun] Graffiti that is scratched or etched into a wall or other surface in a public place, rather than drawn or sprayed on:

    ‘a Plexiglas window covered with scratchiti’
    • ‘Unlike spray paint, which can be easily cleaned on today's subway cars, scratchiti and acid etching permanently destroy windows at great cost to the MTA, officials said.’
    • ‘I hate scratchiti on subway windows, and graffiti on public transit in general.’
    • ‘Graffiti and scratchiti do very poorly as permanent markers.’
    • ‘The plan unveiled yesterday envisions facelifts for nearly 200 stations and an all-out war on the scourge of scratchiti.’
    • ‘He has taken the reliance on razor blades inherent in scratchiti and put it to much more sophisticated and intriguing use.’
    • ‘In one of the choir stalls in the church at St Cross Hospital, we found some really old scratchiti.’
    • ‘Scratchiti adds a unique psychological aspect to a town.’
    • ‘Many of the subway cars are designed to be easily cleaned of graffiti (leading to a rise in scratchiti).’
    • ‘Every window on the train was covered in scratchiti.’
    • ‘Eager to spread their name across the five boroughs - or maybe just to dilute the boredom of a long bus ride - taggers found that scratchiti was a more permanent way to garner acclaim.’

Origin

1990s: on the pattern of graffiti.

Pronunciation

scratchiti

/skraˈtʃiːti/