"Rosco" (in "Dukes of Hazard") from cant "rosco" (pistol)?
gcohen at UMR.EDU
Sun Feb 1 21:14:48 UTC 2004
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The 1980s TV show Dukes of Hazard included a perpetually bumbling
sheriff's deputy named Rosco P. Coltrane. I've recently noticed that "rosco(e)"
was (perhaps still is) a cant term meaning "pistol, revolver."
Might this cant "rosco(e)" perhaps lie behind the name Rosco in the TV show?
There's of course also "Colt" in his last name "Coltrane."
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