'cop' senses not in OED

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Mar 12 13:32:21 UTC 2007

On Sat, Mar 10, 2007 at 11:08:07AM -0500, Lynne Murphy wrote:
> Was looking for various senses/uses of 'to cop' in the OED, and although
> there are 2004 additions on the on-line version, I didn't find the meanings
> I was looking for.  They seem to be American English--though that shouldn't
> keep the OED from covering them:
> to cop a plea  [= to admit guilt in order to get a reduced sentence]
> to cop to NP  [= to admit to NP]

These have both been drafted and should appear at some
unspecified point in the future. HDAS does have excellent
entries for both (and more), as you might expect.

Jesse Sheidlower

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list