Re: CHAT April Fools (Was Re: Has Anyone Heard of This?)
|From:||Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>|
|Date:||Friday, April 2, 2004, 23:29|
In a message dated 4/1/2004 9:04:28 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>>Some hold (and I think this is the older view) that April Fool's jokes maybe
>>told only until noon
>I'd never heard of this. I've no doubt it exists, but for some reason itwasn't passed down to >me. Even so, mine was right after midnight, so it
worked. :) At any rate, is this a >Germanic custom? Indo-European? I've always
been curious. Is there a website on it >somewhere?
I've never run into the end-at-noon rule where I live (in the Northeatern
USA), but _The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren_ by Iona & Peter Opie says
the rule is "rigid and everywhere acknowledged" in England.