Hocus Pocus

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ID looked up hoax on his last call with Johnny Clues.

A hoax is a deliberately fabricated falsehood made to masquerade as truth.[1] It is distinguishable from errors in observation or judgment,[1] or rumors, urban legends, pseudosciences or April Fools’ Day events that are passed along in good faith by believers or as jokes.[2]


The British philologist Robert Nares (1753–1829) says that the word hoax was coined in the late 18th century as a contraction of the verb hocus, which means 0;to cheat”,[3] “to impose upon”[3] or “to befuddle often with drugged liquor”.[4] Hocus is a shortening of the incantation hocus pocus,[4] which in turn is a contraction of the phrase Hocus pocus, tontus talontus, vade celeriter jubeo, mentioned in Thomas Ady’s 1656 book A candle in the dark, or a treatise on the nature of witches and witchcraft.[5] According to the book, the Latin-like gibberish phrase was uttered by a conjuror to distract his audience from his sleight of hand.[5]

via Hoax – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

My favorite Bugs Bunny, 0;Hocus Pocus”

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4 thoughts on “Hocus Pocus

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  2. rickpotvin

    I found that interview hard to listen to– and probably should try it again. I missed the point you’re referring to. I think that was friday nite… He’s using all the right language. I called him a fast talker with no specifics. I’ll try listening again.

    Here’s my own 2 sentence review of what I did get

  3. rickpotvin

    Ab- that was great. Good work… on etymology of hoax as well as Bugs Bunny. So the origin is hocus pocus– amazing. I started using it– and suddenly realized we can use it an an “ology” as well as fakeology…. I tried it– and it looked good in print. It gets strange results in search. It seems equivalent to fakeology but it has the x in it which reminds me of mixologist– a fancy word for bartender. For other readers, I believe Ab looked this up today because I switched my old recovered Who Did 9/11 forum to Hoaxologist today.

    1. ab Post author

      Welcome hoaxologist! I got the idea from ID Kanspier on his broadcast as I mentioned. Great to see the etymology to see what we’re dealing with and where it came from. Good work on your site, you really are digging away.


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