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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,
ThatBlueCat@AOL.COM writes:

>>Some hold (and I think this is the older view) that April Fool's jokes may
>>told only until noon
>I'd never heard of this. I've no doubt it exists, but for some reason it
wasn'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. Doug