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