Heard on "Aqua Team Hunger Force"

Randy Alexander strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 14 15:24:20 UTC 2009

On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 1:31 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> "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.

I grew up with that from at least high-school (80s) onward.  Went to
high-schools in NY state, and Michigan.  College in Massachusetts and New

Randy Alexander
Jilin City, China
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http://www.bjshengr.com/manchu <--- new post about grammar!

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