Mayor wants Stillwater Log Jam to change name because of Urban Dictionary connotation
A literal log jam. An image of the figurative meaning would be NSFW.
The name of the event that will follow in the footsteps of the defunct Stillwater Lumberjack Days was officially announced on Tuesday. The festival, to be held July 18-20, will be called the Stillwater Log Jam.
But yesterday, Stillwater officials contacted the festival organizers and asked them to change the name. The reason? A resident contacted them to let them know how "log jam" is defined in the Urban Dictionary.
According to Urban Dictionary, a "log jam" is... um.... well, just read about it for yourself.
Reached for comment this morning, Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki acknowledged that "to a certain extent it really doesn't matter what we want."
"It's a suggestion that this may not be the best name to use, but in the end it's going to be the sponsors that vote with their pocketbook," Harycki told us.
"I feel strongly against it because of its connotation," Harycki continued. "Frankly, I didn't know that existed. I guess there's a whole subworld out there that I just found out about."
Festival organizers say they have no intention to bow to pressure from city officials. Harycki suggested, however, that stance could prove problematic when it comes time to approve a contract with the city.
"They still have to negotiate a contract with us on the event, and we have to vote for that," Harycki said. "And so, you just don't know what the twists and turns will be."
Harycki said he had no idea about the Urban Dictionary connotation of "log jam" until the city was contacted by a whistle-blowing resident on Sunday morning.
"They said, 'check it out,'" Harycki told us with a chuckle. "And my wife is a teacher, and she told me, 'We use Urban Dictionary all the time to understand our students,' so I checked it out and there's quite a few variations. I'm not quite sure I understand them all."
To us, it seems like much ado about nothing. After all, it's not like the Urban Dictionary entry for "lumberjack" is any more family-friendly.
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