The Origin of April Fool’s Day

The Origin of April Fool’s Day

Before we get started on the origin story, is it April Fool’s Day, April Fools’ Day or April Fools Day? Best we can tell, the first two are correct, though we’ve seen all three used. Here is what the Grammarist says. It seems that April Fool’s Day has been around for a while, but no one knows where it originated. Some claim it is mentioned by Chaucer in “The Canterbury Tales” from 1392 and others claim it has origins dating way earlier, before we technically had a month named April, when it was a way to celebrate the fun of spring. Here is a story in the Argus Leader that has their take on the origin. We’d love to hear what you think about the origin and spelling.