Here’s the deal.
The word “Jagoff” is somewhat known around the U.S. but it is basically a Pittsburghese word. And as a Pittsburgher, I find the above Words With Friends message unacceptable. Especially given that hashtag, selfie, and tweep joined over 150 new words and definitions added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary in 2014!
It’s outrageous and I want to change this. It’s time to rise up and take control!
Some Background on the Word Jagoff for non-Pittsburghers.
The word Jagoff can be used in a few different ways:
1) Expressing appreciation to someone, with a smile on your face and a hug, you say, “Ya Jagoff!”
2) Expressing being startled, half chuckling you say, “You scared the HECK outta me, Ya Jagoff!”
3) And then there’s the version, that’s posted on our blog every day… venting about someone who has been a jerk, with a scowl on your face, “Learn to use a turn signal, Ya Jagoff!”.
Reference to the word Jagoff derivation in the Pittsburgh City Paper.
Call to Action
I am asking everyone to follow the link below to a petition to push the Webster’s Dictionary publishers to add the word Jagoff.
If silly words like qui, xis and suq are acceptable in Scrabble, Jagoff has to be acceptable. Without Double/Triple Words/Letters plays, it’s worth 18 points and could be a game changer.
It’s all for Good!
For every signature and verified email address collected, Pittsburgh-based, 3 Guys Optical Center will provide a coupon for their service AND make a donation to the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation.
Please sign the petition at this link-> http://www.yajagoff.com/jagoff-dictionary-petition
The petition will be open until November 25, 2014 at 11:59pm