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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.

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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  • Sleepy1
    In terms of accepted usage, and that includes things such as book titles, it should be April Fool's Day. Logically I'm inclined to Fools' but this isn't well supported, by any of usage or origin, or by the Oxford English Dictionary in fact.
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