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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Foolscap.
 
A corruption of the Italian foglio-capo (folio-sized sheet). The error must have been very ancient, as the water-mark of this sort of paper from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century was a fool’s head, with cap and bells.   1
 


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