John Chamberlin

The blogger behind Pittsburgh’s local forum for “Jagoffery” is petitioning Pittsburghers everywhere to get onboard in helping the word “jagoff” become official.  This is what he has to say:


As a Pittsburgh-er, do you find the above message unacceptable? Is it even more unacceptable given that hashtag, selfie, 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!

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!”

Pittsburgh is awesome and I believe that pointing out Jagoffery helps to make Pittsburgh an even better place for all of us. Since 2011, the blog, has been pointing out dumb criminals, bad sports officials, horrible drivers and parking jobs, and many other instances of “Jagoffery.” And, as a point of reference, the word Jagoff is not a swear word! Reference to the word Jagoff derivation in the City Paper.

So here’s the deal, I’m asking everyone to sign a petition to push the Webster’s Dictionary publishers to add the word Jagoff offcially. 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 and Words With Friends, 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.

It’s all for Good!

For every signature and verified email address collected, Pittsburgh-based, 3 Guys Optical Center will provide a coupon for service AND make a donation to the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation (PEMF).

Created in 1985, PEMF funds educational and research projects, primarily in the practice of emergency medicine. The organization has funded more than 100 research grants over the years. These grants have resulted in over 60 published scientific papers, many receiving prestigious national awards. All of the research is performed in and have brought recognition to Pittsburgh.

Sign the petition at this link->

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

So c’mon yinzers!! Sign the petition.

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