Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 12:18:38 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: Cop >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 (slangman[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > Show us the "money," the full monty, etc. Don't cop out.... Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]