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What magician's word was contracted to coin the word hoax?




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Answer: hocus

A deception is a hoax and hocus is a term used by the professional deceiver.

Note: this is a proposed, but unproven etymology.

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The etymology of hocus pocus is that the phrase is a corruption of the Latin "hoc es corpore (filii)" i.e. this is the body of the son, said in mass. Or so I have heard.
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