[Sca-cooks] Celebrating April Fools day
johnnae at mac.com
Thu Jul 31 13:54:50 PDT 2008
When I did my calendar custom series, I came across this
quotation in OED:
"What, has he been here? that's one of Loves April-fools, is always upon
some errand that's to no purpose, ever embarking in Adventures"
This from Congreve as quoted in 1692’s The Old Bachelour
Chamber's Book of Day's is online now and can be searched. It's
certainly worth looking at.
Terry Decker wrote:
> 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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