Date: Tue, 28 Aug 1956 02:14:24 +0000

From: Tom Dalzell slangman[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PACBELL.NET

Subject: Re: For the Love of Mike; Let's Go!; Cop; The Jinx

I've done a fair amount of research on the word "cop" for a book on

slang to be published by Merriam-Webster in 1998. "Cop" is a great

example of a slang word with multiple folk etymologies, many of which

are clearly apocryphal. If you are truly interested, I'll summarize

what I came up with; to make a long story short, the origin suggested by

the poem you cite is probably correct.

Tom Dalzell