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‘Jagoff’ motivation

by LETTER TO THE EDITOR
| Monday, November 10, 2014 9:00 p.m.

I want to thank the Trib for giving my friends at the fitness center and me our morning laugh with the news story “Petition started to get Pittsburgh word ‘jagoff’ into dictionary” (Nov. 5 and TribLIVE.com). Did anyone bother to research the real meaning of that regional colloquialism?

I’m uncertain where the originator of that petition or the elitists who now want to redefine the word were raised, but in the area of Pittsburgh where I grew up, that is not a term of “endearment.” In fact, it is a term of derision! If you need a clear definition, check out Roy Blount Jr.’s great story of the Steelers, “About Three Bricks Shy of a Load.”

In retrospect, however, I can understand why those in the administration of the City of Pittsburgh now want to change the meaning: They have heard people use it so often when referring to them that they want to believe it is because they are loved.

Don Kaminski

Scott

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