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Get the Word “Jagoff” Into Webster’s Dictionary

Photo Credit: Salena Zito, Tribune Review

Photo Credit: Salena Zito, Tribune Review

As a Pittsburgher, do you find the above message unacceptable?  Is it even more unacceptable given that hashtagselfie, and tweep join over 150 new words and definitions added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary in 2014?

It’s outrageous and, as Pittsburghers, we need to change this.  It’s time to rise up and take control!

Over the next few weeks you will see various Pittsburgh comedians, Deadliest Catch’s Captain Wild Bill, Mike and Molly’s Billy Gardell, Pittsburgh Dad, Mayor Bill Peduto and other Pittsburghers, and Pittsburghers-at-heart, on social media making their pitches to get behind this!

Call to Action

We are asking everyone to sign our petition to push the Webster’s Dictionary publishers to add the word Jagoff. As Pittsburgh continues to gain recognition for many things, we must stake our claim in the official dictionary.  Additionally, 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 bigger game changer than a Jerry Meals call at home plate during a Pirates game.  Sign the petition at this link->

The petition will be open until November 25, 2014 at 11:59pm

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.

Closing note:  How this all started?  The answer is HOCKEY. Pittsburgh PR guy, Saul Markowitz and I play in an old man’s ice hockey league together.  Since it’s rather depressing, after each game, to sit and talk about our hockey skills, we sit in the locker room, have a few “Yeast Pops” and talk about stuff.  One day, Saul said to me, “ya know what you should do?”  One thing lead to another and the campaign/FUNDRAISER was created.



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