If you have ever watched “The Muppet Show,” you have probably heard the word “meep.” It’s what Beaker, Dr. Bunson Honeydew’s hapless assistant utters as he’s shrunk, burned and otherwise maimed by his bumbling boss. Outside of that context, it’s just a nonsensical, made-up word that can mean anything you want it to mean. According to the Urban Dictionary, “meep”is sometimes used in place of a swear word, but is also often used as an exclamation (ouch!), as a greeting, or just as a random fill-in word expressing happiness. As versatile as “meep” is, there is one place where you cannot use it: at Danvers High School in Danvers, MA.
After getting wind of a possible plan among students to disrupt school with a mass “meeping,” Principal Thomas Murray banned the word from school grounds. He sent automated phone messages and emails to every student’s home to inform them that anyone caught uttering the word “meep” or spelling it out on their clothing would face suspension. The messages went on to inform parents and students that the police had been contacted and were monitoring the situation as well. The meep police!
Principal Murray hasn’t responded to media inquiries but Assistant Principal Mark Strout did respond to an entertainment lawyer who heard about the “meep” ban. In solidarity with the students of Danvers High, Theodora Michaels sent Principal Murray a one-word email reading “meep.” Strout’s response: “Your E-mail has been forwarded to the Danvers Police Department.”
The Danvers Police department has not responded to media inquiries either. I suspect they’ve got better things to do than enforce a meeping word ban and investigate meeping emails.