Hoax or False Information

False Information or Hoax Information

Ever wondered if that email, facebook post or social media  notice is true? So what is the definition of hoax? Well http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hoax says

hoax  (hks)

Dont share hoax information1. An act intended to deceive or trick.

2. Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means.

3. To deceive or cheat by using a hoax.
So what can we do about all these deceiving hoax messages we get in our lives?
Well the first thing to do is to check if they are a true haox first, so you can stop spreading it straight away, so it is no longer circulated.
Here are a few sites that offer great information on what are hoax’s and which are not or if they are even part way incorrect and yet have some truth to them.
www.hoax-slayer.com
http://www.nonprofit.net/hoax/
http://www.f-secure.com/virus-info/hoax/
http://www.snopes.com/ (one of the largest sites)
http://www.hoaxbusters.org/
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/
These are just a few! Check your info before passing it on especially competitions and if it sounds to good then it probably is!
And Wikipedia says,
The British philologist Robert Nares (1753–1829) says that the word haox was coined in the late 18th century as a contraction of the verb hocus, which means “to cheat”,[3] “to impose upon”[3] or “to befuddle often with drugged liquor”.[4] Hocus is a shortening of the magic incantation hocus pocus,[4] which in turn is a contraction of the phrase Hocus pocus, tontus talontus, vade celeriter jubeo, mentioned in Thomas Ady‘s 1656 book A candle in the dark, or a treatise on the nature of witches and witchcraft.[5] According to the book, the Latin-like gibberish phrase was uttered by a conjuror to distract his audience from his sleight of hand.[5]

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