Meep You

Saturday, November 14, 2009
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According to Urban Dictionary (now there’s a reference source you can trust!), “meep” is the most versatile word in the English language. Apparently, “meep” is the trademark of Beaker from “The Muppet Show.” At Danvers High School in Massachusetts, meep means so much more while actually meaning nothing at all. So the school principal banned the word. This is from the Salem News:

While meep may be nonsense, what it represented was no laughing matter to the high school’s administration. High school Principal Thomas Murray said students were using it and other words to disrupt school in a particular part of the building on Cabot Road. The term later became part of a disruption some students were planning online.

“It’s really not about the word in particular,” Murray said. “The reason for the message (was) a group of students were instructed to refrain from that language and other language in a particular part of the building.”

Murray gave students “a reasonable request” not to use the word to disrupt school in a hallway, and to stop other behaviors, but they did not listen, Murray said.

Murray called the homes of students to convey the ban, and also sent out a mass email that read:

“Please be advised that any student who has the letters ‘meep’ on their clothing or uses the words verbally will face suspension from school…the police are monitoring this situation as well.”

Yes, the police. So a New York City copyright attorney, Theodora Michaels, sent this email to the school:

An open letter to Principal Murray of Danvers High School (MA):


Theodora Michaels

Michaels says this on her website, “Yesterday I received a reply email from Assistant Principal Mark Strout, which said (in full) “Your E-mail has been forwarded to the Danvers Police Department.” Maybe police can taser Michaels into submission, or perhaps they can send out a SWAT team to bring her to justice. Please feel free to send a “meep” to principal Murray.

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6 Responses to Meep You

  1. cousin lucky says:

    November 14th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Such foolishness is very sad. American children get an awful education in public schools if you want to can it an education and this principal goes off on this absurd tangent. What a Country!!

  2. Mark T says:

    November 14th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Principal Murray is nucking futs.

  3. Poots says:

    November 15th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Perhaps assistant principal Mark Strout’s email should be forwarded to:

    The knights who say ‘Meep’

  4. Robin says:

    November 15th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Until I saw this blog post, I had no idea that anyone other than my wife and I used the word “meep”. But we didn’t get it from Beaker. We got it from my boss’s pet Eclectus parrot.

  5. Shannon says:

    November 15th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    This is the height of insanity. When much more serious problems are confronting american youth, how does a slang term justify such harsh rebuke at the hands of a school principal?

  6. Michelle Fire Eater says:

    November 20th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    The Meep Shall Inherit The Earth.


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