foolscap

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Probably from a watermark of a fool's cap.

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foolscap (plural foolscaps)

  1. Alternative form of fool's cap.
  2. (strictly) Writing paper sheets measuring 13.25 x 16.5 inches
  3. (more usually) Such a sheet folded or cut in half, thus approximately 8 x 13.25 inches.W
    • 1893, Walter Besant, chapter 2, The Ivory Gate:
      At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
  4. Printing paper measuring 13.5 inches x 17 inches.

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