Etymology Day, Part 12

While watching Law and Order: SVU a while back, they kept bringing up people’s “rap sheets,” so I got to wondering where that term comes from and if it is ever used anywhere else.

Rap Sheet

Could mean a rap on the knuckles and what have you, but the formal police slang comes from the abbreviation for Record of Arrest and Prosecution. Easier to find out than I thought.

Very interesting tidbit…

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