[Ads-l] "cop" < "copper": Etymology, etymythology, or Scotch

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Sat Jul 8 12:40:46 UTC 2017

On ri, 7 Jul 2017 05:40:26 Zone - 0400Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>

>Ockham's billy suggests the verb is the more likely culprit (or as we 
>say today, "perp" < "perpetual criminal.")

Isn't it more likely that "perp" < "perpetrator"?

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