In a message dated 3/8/09 8:53:08 AM, email@example.com writes:
> I think it's one of those expressions that seem to exist mostly in
> crime fiction and among crime fiction fans. I mean, when was the last
> time you heard "shamus" in real life?
while I certainly don't know it for a fact, I wouldn't be surprised if said
police force refers to themselves by such. beats the hell out of "the pigs",
which is how I thought of the police for decades. whaddaya gonna do. child
of the 60s, yanno?
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