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May 02, 2012


Terry Pratchett says it's from the Latin capere, to sieze -- and of course your melancholy friend there invented the detective story, with its necessary obtuse policeman.

A police officer friend of mine once told me it was an acronym for Constable on Patrol.

It's short for "copulation"; poor people used the term because they
felt they were always getting fucked by the police.

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