CorruptUser wrote:Ok, that term really needs to be updated. Aside from the fact that "gypsy" itself is derogatory, how would you feel if cops that took bribes were called "jew cops"? Or lazy cops were called "nword cops". Or alcoholic cops were called "McCops". Etc.
I looked around and the best I could come up with is "transient cop".
There are a lot of words that relate to someone "shiftless" who goes from place-to-place: Itinerant, vagrant, vagabond, bum, etc; but they all carry connotation that doesn't really fit what we're trying to say. It's like that joke in a Pat McManus book, where someone says something like, "Well, he might have been a thief, con man, and arsonist, but I'll tell you this: He was a good worker." We don't have words for someone who gets booted from place to place because they're found to be substandard or even malfeasant; only words for people that bounce around because they're "too lazy to get a job."
We need more words.