Meep has been used many ways as slang. The column says that Urbandictionary has 71 entries for it!
A word is only as powerful as people says it is. So why am I still hung up about the principal banning the word? Maybe because by banning it, he gave it more power than it had before. I don’t really know… but I found the ending of the column to be really interesting:
All words mean only what we all collectively agree they should mean, no more and no less. In Danvers, meep came to mean: “We’ll obey your rules when we feel like it.” And that, in the end, made it a dirty word.
When I take that in to consideration, banning the word makes more sense. It was never about the word (the school was quoted to not banning the word for the sake of the word itself) but what it stood for. In effect, they banned the word for its definition.
It’s just a little surreal to see meep on a list of words that should not be spoken at school with the likes of real four letter words and other swear words.