Last night, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, a suburban Pittsburgh native, used the word “jagoff” at a rally for Clinton in Pittsburgh when referring to the character of Donald J. Trump.
National reporters were instantly mystified and intrigued by the use and meaning of the word. Some surmised that the meaning was nasty.
That’s something that anyone from Youngstown, Ohio, all points west from Erie, down to Fayette County and as far west as Adams County, Pennsylvania would find amusing.
For them the word “jagoff” is learned at birth.
The first thing you need to know is that it is not a “naughty” word (like saying like jack off). Two completely different words.
“Jagoff” is part of the Scots Irish dialect that has been here since the 17th century that initially meant to “jag” or poke at someone who is doing something annoying (i.e. “stop jagging me” a phrase still used today). It evolved from a verb into the noun, “jagoff,” which essentially means “jerk” (i.e. “did you see the way she cut her off in traffic? What a jagoff!”).
Cuban is not the first person to use the word in this presidential election year. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, the imposing 6 ft 4, 200-plus pound Democratic primary candidate for U.S. Senate, called Trump a jagoff last spring when he was seeking his party’s nomination for the Senate.
He held a rally centered around it, his volunteers wore “Trump is a jag off” T-shirts, and even held a press conference.
With respect to Cuban’s claim, LGM’s crack fact-checking team rates it “objectively and indisputably true far beyond any reasonable doubt.”