Monday, August 22, 2016

How Far Back Do You Think the Term "Narc" Goes?

I am reading The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, published early in the 20th century: "Had Johnson been a 'nark' of the police..."

1 comment:

James said...

"Copper's nark" has no etymological connection to "narcotics detective". It's from a Romany word meaning "nosy".