Heard on "Aqua Team Hunger Force"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 14 05:31:54 UTC 2009

"Carl," a white, animated-cartoon character says:

"I gotta _cop a squat_"

and literally squats behind a bush in order to  _take a dump_.

I've known "cop a squat" in BE with the meaning, "have a seat," since
ca.1955.  I heard it used, once, with that same meaning by a white
person, to wit: Richard Belzer, in an episode of Homicide : Life on
the Street, ca.1998.

This is the first time that I've heard it used with a different meaning.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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