Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The Oxford, Mississippi Dictionary: Creep in the Jeep

jeepNeeded nomenclature for a growing community.

Editor’s Note: This is an installment in a series of blogs on new Oxfordisms.

When I traverse Oxford’s highways, byways, sidewalks, and barstools, I observe things that The Oxford English Dictionary doesn’t define. This dearth in accepted terminology leads to drawn-out explanations when referencing these phenomena. Our burgeoning community busts at its seams with growth, and so must our collective vocabulary.

So, I endeavor to begin a supplementary lexicon. This collection of terms will be known as The Oxford, Mississippi Dictionary*.

Here is another term to add to the vocab.

creep in the Jeepn.

Similar to “elf on the shelf.” Just as the elf sits on the shelf closely watching the activities of children, the creep in the Jeep is a parking monitor slowly patrolling the Oxford Square and adjacent areas in a white Jeep, electronically scanning license plates, measuring time parked, and giving out parking tickets, to harass people into being good. While the driver is likely a hardworking, nice person and not actually a “creep”, he or she does creep. In a Jeep. The creep is filled with the spirit of giving—tickets.

— Tad Wilkes, tad.wilkes@hottytoddy.com

This is not a book. Yet.