What Bobby said this week …

On Monday, April 17, Bob O’Connor said:

“We’re going to redd up Pittsburgh,” Mr. O’Connor promised in language any real Pittsburgher could understand.

And the firstest slogan via Sloganizer:

Sloganizer, I’m starting to think he does a little bit. Check this out:

Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O’Connor’s “redd up crew” rolled into the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood on the North Side just after dawn today and got to work.

They towed cars, boarded up abandoned houses — at least I hope they were abandoned and not just ugly. Could you imagine waking up this morning and finding your whole house has been boarded in from the outside and a little card tucked into your mailbox says: “Bob O’Connor was here. Your house is ugly.”



  1. Anonymous
    April 21, 2006 7:31 pm

    Gee, I am starting to just love this guy, someone is listening to history. Damn the torpedo’s full speed ahead. He makes a decision (HE)(HIM)(SOMEONE)(HER)(SHE) and they stay with it. Get the job done!!!!

  2. Anonymous
    April 21, 2006 9:06 pm

    Your blog is the shit. O’Connor, too.

  3. PittLeo
    April 21, 2006 10:07 pm

    Redd Up is supposed to be Pittsburghese? This is from the American Heritage Dictionary: The terms redd and redd up came to the American Midlands from the many Scottish immigrants who settled there. Meaning “to clear an area or to make it tidy,” redd is still used in Scotland and Northern Ireland; in the United States it is especially common in Pennsylvania as the phrasal verb redd up. The term, which goes back to Old Norse rydhja, can be traced from the 15th century to the present, particularly in dialects of Scotland and the North of England. How about BobbyO-Bonics?

  4. pittgirl
    April 22, 2006 11:12 am

    BobbyObonics has a wonderful ring to it.

  5. Shawn
    April 24, 2006 12:51 am

    Huh. I always thought that “redd up” came from the German verb “reden” which means “to clean.” Of course, German and Norse are both Teutonic languages, so…