Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Last week, I got an email from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles telling me it's 90 days before my birthday and time to renew my tags. So I decided to take the plunge and buy a vanity plate. Which one of these possibilities did I pick? None of them. Instead, I went with TOE UP.

I'm aware that it makes no sense to the uninitiated.

Yesterday, I got an email marked "** High Priority **" telling me the request had been rejected because it was "inappropriate." I called to ask about it, and the customer services associate explained that they check a number of sources and the Urban Dictionary says that "toe up" is a variant of "torn up" or "tore up," as in wasted or high. I can see where that's a message they wouldn't want on license plates.

Still, I argued, if you Google "toe up," you get one hit (the highest) for the slang definition, and then pages of sock patterns.

They're going to consider it again, with the added note that it's about sock knitting. If it goes through, I'll just get the plates. If not, I'll get another rejection notice. I'm not really holding my breath.


knittingbrow said...

keep us posted.

Anonymous said...

That is too funny! oh.. but you see others driving around with worse sayings than that. Good Luck..

Unknown said...

Good lord, don't those people have other things they should be doing with our tax dollars? For pete's sake! They must all have their personal toes up their behinds!

Golly, don't you love ranting online? It's so cathartic!

WonderMike said...

OH, and I'm sure that making sure that your license plate has no reference to naughty things is such a great use of their time and our tax dollars. Jeeez.