Best of the Burghosphere: YaJagoff!

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In the Category of Blogger Most Likely to Enjoy Being Called a Jagoff at the End of an Interview, we have the esteemed Ya Jagoff!

Okay, “esteemed” might be overstating it a little bit. Well-respected? Well-regarded? Well, he’s a guy, and he’s from Pittsburgh. I can definitively state that.

If you haven’t had the pleasure, let me introduce John Chamberlin, main writer and interviewer at Ya Jagoff!, and the guy who has set about single-handedly calling out the jagoffs in our midst. Comedian John Knight is regularly featured in the section “What Aggravates Me”, and the videos are filmed and edited by 321Blink.

A jagoff, according to the Urban Dictionary, is “a rude, assholelike person.” The word originated right here in the ‘burgh, and is a family friendly way of cursing out Pittsburgh drivers, people who park like jerks, and anyone else who meanspiritedly makes life in the ‘Burgh a trial instead of a pleasure.

I never thought jagoff was a controversial word until the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette banned it from its newsroom in 2012. I use it regularly in front of my children, usually in traffic, avowing that it is not a swear word.

It is Ya Jagoff’s sworn duty to call out jerks so that the rest of us don’t look bad. To that end, he is doing a great job. Actually, he might be doing too good a job, as local-boy-made-good Billy Gardell points out in the following interview.

John accepts entries from around the globe* of Peter Parkers, Cluster Trucks, and other miscreants in the ‘Burgh and beyond. Let his blog be a lesson to all and sundry. Don’t be a jagoff!

*I’m sure most people write in from around John’s neighborhood just to make him feel useful.

Most Wanted Fine Art is pleased to team up with Pittsburgh Bloggers to acknowledge and honor the contributions of bloggers through Pittsburgh’s blogosphere (aka “Burghosphere”). For information about this unique take on blogging in the ‘Burgh, see details here. Thanks to Sue Kerr and Nina Sauer for coordinating this!