Heard on "Aqua Team Hunger Force"

Matthew Gordon gordonmj at MISSOURI.EDU
Thu May 14 16:03:33 UTC 2009

Wilson's subject line is nicely eggcorny. The show is _Aqua TEEN Hunger
Force_ but the characters act as a team. Well, not really, but it's the part
of the premise that they're a team of detectives.

Google shows that Wilson is not alone is his reanalysis.

On 5/14/09 12:31 AM, "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.
> -Wilson

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