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April Fool's Day

True or false? An April Fool’s Day OED quiz

April Fool’s Day, also called All Fool’s Day, has been celebrated for centuries, but its origins are unknown. Although there are different customs all over the world to mark the day, the central theme is to play jokes or pranks.

We’re not usually in the business of fooling our readers, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. We’ve compiled some of our favourite language-related facts from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), including weird words, bizarre origins, and unexpected sources, and sprinkled in a few made-up “facts” of our own to make an April Fool’s OED quiz. Let us know if you fell for our April foolery!

Here are ten statements about words in the
Oxford English Dictionary. Can you work out which are true and which are false…
or are you going to be fooled?

Game Over

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