Heard on "Aqua Team Hunger Force"

Chris Blankenship c.n.blankenship at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 21 16:49:42 UTC 2009

In the late 80s early 90s near Nashville, I knew several people who
used the phrase "pop a squat" to indicate sitting somewhere other than
in a chair. A toilet might have applied in this case. Seems like a
logical step.

On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 11:03 AM, Matthew Gordon <gordonmj at missouri.edu> wrote:
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> 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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