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Apr 1 2010   2:14PM GMT

Is it April Fools, April Fool’s or April Fools’ Day?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The Daily Telegraph reported that ferrets would be involved in delivering broadband to rural areas. Oh right — it’s ____________.
a. April Fools Day
b. April Fool’s Day
c. April Fools’ Day


Answer: c.

Explanation:
Apparently, there are multiple fools and this is their (our) day. (It’s the plural possessive form).

There’s no standard form for special days — you just have to remember them. Or you could track down an authorative source. Here’s a list on Accu.Assist from The Gregg Reference Manual:


Apostrophe before the s:
New Year’s Eve/Day
Lincoln’s Birthday
Valentine’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day
Mother’s Day
Father’s Day

Apostrophe after the s:
Presidents’ Day
April Fools’ Day
All Saints’ Day

No apostrophe:
Veterans Day
Armed Forces Day
United Nations Day
Administrative Professionals Day

And here’s more on that ferret-based broadband delivery story.

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