Hoax (1801)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu May 20 14:30:31 UTC 2004

"Hoax" first appears as a verb (OED 1796).  Here is an antedating:

1794 Mountmorres of Castlemorres, Hervey Redmond Morres, Viscount _The
prodigal: or, marriage a-la-mode_ 90 (ECCO)  To see a lawyer thus
_hoaxed_, and running the gauntlet, is no bad fun.

Fred Shapiro

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