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Posted by Bob on February 23, 2000

In Reply to: COP posted by Mary on February 23, 2000

: Hello again, Thank You for your reponse re: GOP.
: I'm not trying to be funny but I would also like to ask about "COP" referring to a policeman.
: Someone had told me that it meant "Chief Of Police"
: at one time. Is this true? Acronyms are used so often
: that the original words are sometimes forgotten for years.

I've heard "constable on patrol" all my life, but I'm not near my trusty OED to verify.