Sunday, November 15, 2009

The hair-lip Road Runner

Meep, meep.

One of the stupid jokes Guambat unfortunately remembers from his school days was simply the line that a hair-lip (sorry, cleft palate) dog says "mark, mark". Can't remember that there was any context to that except probably told when a Mark was around.

So, the headline for this post.

Which sprung to Guambat's befuddled mind from deep in the "mark, mark" recesses told at recesses so many years ago when he read about this bit of socio-comedy:

What's wrong with 'meep'? It's all in how you say it
Danvers High parents recently got an automated call from the principal warning them that if students say or display the word "meep" at school, they could face suspension.

It's unclear what meaning "meep" has, other than it is a popular thing for kids to say when they are at a loss for something to say, according to various Web sites.

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."

"It's really about language and conduct," Murray said. "For me, it boils down to respectful conduct."

Guambat also remembers Dick Gregory speaking about the latest crackdown and resistance in East Europe, back in the day of the sixties. Not sure exactly how he put it but it was to the effect that "I'm not much of a church goer, but if tanks pulled up in front of a local church and said we could not go in, I'd feel a might compulsion to go say a confession."

When will authority get it in its thick head that humans will always defy arbitrary and other unreasonable acts of authority?

Just google "meep" in recent news items and you'll get a litany of indignation around the web on this story, from all walks, like this one
While we at GeekDad would certainly never advocate disrupting a school, we nonetheless think the principal’s warning sounds awfully like a challenge.



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