James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Thu May 20 12:28:47 UTC 2004
In a message dated Wed, 19 May 2004 19:34:20 -0400, "Douglas G. Wilson"
<douglas at NB.NET> quotes
> _Times_ (London), 21 Jan. 1801: p. 2, col. 2:
> <<Certainly the Opposition must count upon a great infusion of blunder and
> solecism into the Imperial Parliament, before they could propound all this
> confusion and absurdity for the grounds of an amendment to the unknown and
> perhaps uncomposed Address of the Houses: or is it meant as a hoax upon the
> IRISH members?>>
Sounds to me like "hoax" is an Irish word, picked up into British English as
something perpetrated on, and/or perpetrated by, Irishmen.
- James A. Landau
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