By admin ~ May 19th, 2010. Filed under: Copper.
A copper is a term for a Police man or woman. This word first appeared in the early 18th century, and can be matched with the word “cap”, which has the same meaning and whose etymology can be traced to the Latin word ‘capere’. It is also believed that the term Copper was popularly believed to represent the copper badges American officers used to wear at the time of origin, but in fact probably used in Britain to mean “someone who cops” long before this. “cop” is a slang word for punishment. Hence “a fair cop” and “cop for that”.