How did members of #law #enforcement get the nickname '#cops?'
The term Copper was the original, unshortened word, originally used in Britain to mean "someone who captures". (In British English the term #Cop
is recorded (Shorter Oxford Dictionary) in the sense of 'To Capture' from 1704, derived from the Latin 'Capere' via the Old French 'Caper'). The common myth is that it's a term referring to the police officer's buttons which are made of copper.
Cop derives from a Gaelic word which has the equivalence of saying, protector, leader, or chief. The terms are almost nearly homophonic but have similar meanings.#Police #PolicePrep #Australia
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