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    A word my teacher said

    Short story: I'm Dutch, my teacher is Irish, the class was in English. Today the teacher used a word that I didn't know. It sounded a bit like "cobbom".

    The phrase was something like: "this is just to see if you're /cobbom/". Meaning something like: not stupid, able to understand something. I asked him what it meant afterwards, and he repeated the word for me, but I still didn't catch it. Does anyone of you guys know that word?

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    Re: A word my teacher said

    He might have said "This is just to see if you're coping".
    If you look it up in Wikipedia, it says In psychology, coping is "constantly changing cognitive and behavioral efforts to manage specific external and/or internal demands that are appraised as taxing" ...
    However, in normal usage, it simply means that you are able to keep up with events: in your case, that you understand the lessons.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: A word my teacher said

    Thank you for your reply, but that's not it. I am familiar with that word. If it were that, I would have recognized it. The first syllable sounded more like "cop", not like "cope" (the "o" sounds differently).

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    Re: A word my teacher said

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    A quick Google search has yielded "cop on", an Irish slang phrase meaning "to understand" or "have common sense". Based on the example sentences I've seen, I'd wager this is what you're looking for.
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 10-Apr-2013 at 08:30.

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    Re: A word my teacher said

    That must have been it! I already had some suspicions that it might be Irish slang. Now I know. Thank you sir.

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