|Origin/Definition for slang term COP|
Could someone please tell me why the term COP is slang, and usually deragatory towards Police Officers. I was told it was something started in England, but I cannot seem to find any info on this.|
Thank you in advance.
||"Cop" is short for "copper," from the Latin, capere, to capture. To "cop a glance" is to steal one. Cops take things.|
||The proposed origin that "copper" refers to the type of metal used for the buttons on an English bobby's uniform is fiction.|
||It's always been my understanding that "cop" is an acronym for "constable on patrol."|
Good rule of thumb: any acronym etymology for a word that predates WWII is false. The only exception to this rule that I know is rather marginal: awol.|
There's several bogus acronym etymologies running loose in the world: posh, tip, and wog come immediately to mind. And, of course, cop.