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Once upon a time, long ago, I was driving home very late on a rural two-lane road. I passed through a very small town at the speed limit, and then as I reached the other side, I speeded up. A town cop following me with his lights off pulled me over, and I had to call my father to come pay a fine before they would let me leave. Shortly after that I heard that the cop pulled someone else over. This guy took the cop's pistol from him and pistol whipped the cop. Shortly after that the town decided they didn't need a police department.

Is "mope" one of those made-for-TV words for the bad guys?


Mope is a word I've used since I was a kid to describe a certain type of slow-witted jerk. I don't know where I picked it up, probably from TV but maybe from one of my grandparents or one of the older nuns at my grade school or a Hardy Boys mystery. I have a habit of talking like I just stepped out of a 1940s movie and say things like "Swell!" and "For Pete's sake!" and "Holy mackerel!" People who've met me will swear to this. Unless they're mopes.

El Jefe

Lance, if there's a "Best Self-Commentary Comment By a Blogger" category in the next Koufax Awards, I'm nominating that.


a person who mopes or is given to moping.

Word Origin & History

1560s, the sound of the word perhaps somehow suggestive of low feelings (cf. Low Ger. mopen "to sulk," Du. moppen "to grumble, to grouse," Dan. maabe "to mope"). Related: Moping; mopey.

Slang Dictionary
mope [mop]

1. n.
a tired and ineffectual person. : I can't afford to pay mopes around here. Get to work or get out!

Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw Hill.

Chris the Cop

I do like this story and thanks again for making me look good in retorspect. Don't know how I missed it when you first wrote it.

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