[Sca-cooks] Celebrating April Fools day

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Thu Jul 31 08:04:41 PDT 2008

My copy of the OED shows the first written use of April Fool as being from 
1687.  This predates the official adoption of the Gregorian Calendar by the 
Britian and its territories in 1752.  It doesn't eliminate the possibility 
that April Fool is tied to the changes brought by the Gregorian Calendar, 
but it suggests that the original usage may be more tied to April being the 
first month of Spring and seen as fickle and changeable than to the calendar 
change.  It's an interesting puzzle.


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