Where Did the Phrase Tomfoolery Come from?

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The phrase Tomfoolery is from the 1650s. A buffoon was first called a 'Tom fool' because Tom was a nickname for a 'common man.' Fool once meant mad/insane, but by the 17th century, it was a reference to a jester/ a clown. The name Tom became influenced by 'Tom the cat' in the 1809 popular children's book 'The Life and Adventures of a Cat'. Tom the cat, quite a silly and a promiscuous night crawler, led to tomfoolery, a word for crazy behavior.
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