Pittsburghese Petition: Mayor Backs Addition of J-Word to Dictionary

Bill Peduto says he'd like to see "jagoff" in the next edition of Merriam-Webster.

Photo by Rob de la Cretaz, courtesy Creative Mornings/Pittsburgh

We have a critical update to Ya Jagoff's campaign to get the word jagoff in the dictionary: Mayor Peduto is on board.

In a segment that aired last night on KDKA-TV, Peduto spoke with reporter Dave Crawley and gave his endorsement to the effort. “You find [jagoffs] trying to get on to the Fort Pitt Bridge, when they use the exit lane going over to the North Side all the way and then try to get in at the last minute,” Peduto said. “But you know where you don’t find jagoffs? In the dictionary.”

Meanwhile, over at the official Twitter account of 3 Guys Optical — which is donating $1 for every signature on the petition to the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation — the company temporarily has changed its name to the apropos “3 Jags Optical.”

You can sign the petition here through Nov. 25; as of this writing, nearly 1,000 jagoffs already have done so.


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