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Re: Cop

Posted by ESC on September 11, 2003

In Reply to: Is "cop" an acronym for "constable on patrol" posted by GREG McCLURE on September 11, 2003

: Is "cop" an acronym for "constable on patrol" Any others you have would be great Thanks.

I don't think so.

COP - It doesn't come from the word "copper" meaning the buttons bobbies used to wear, according to one reference. The word "'cop' in the sense of 'one who captures or snatches' is recorded as early as 1704. Indeed, an ancestor word, 'cap,' with the same meaning, came into English from French at the time of the Norman Conquest and can be traced all the way back to ancient Rome's 'capere' (to capture)." From the "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins, New York, 1977, 1988).