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Posted by Henry on August 08, 2003

In Reply to: 2 phrases posted by James Briggs on August 08, 2003

: : 1.What does the term "critical year" refer to?

: : 2.Why a "hokey-pokey" means a trick? Where did this word come from?

: : Thanks!

: I can't help with 'critical year' but I think I can help a bit with the other phrase.

: I can't find a certain origin, but the expression can be compared with Hocus Pocus. This is the start of a longer mock Latin phrase used by conjurers with the object of distracting the audience from any slight-of-hand. Our word Hoax is probably derived from this mock-Latin and Hanky Panky and Hockey Pockey are possibly variants.

Critical year - a very important and influential year. The events of this year will determine the path of a programme or a career in future years.

Hokey-pokey is also an old term for ice-cream.