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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 80. The word origin today is

  • dunce. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. If someone says that another person

  • is a dunce, he or she is saying that someone is a stupid person or someone

  • who has a real difficulty learning. Okay. Let's continue. The origin of this word

  • comes from a real person, John Duns Scotus. Okay. He was a Scottish Franciscan

  • philosopher and theologian. At one time he was a greatly respected academic and

  • even received honors from the church. You know, way, way back a long time ago before

  • the Renaissance. However, when the Renaissance arrived, many of his ideas,

  • theories, and methods were criticized and discredited. His followers strongly held

  • on to you know, his beliefs. Many Renaissance scholars started to refer to

  • these followers as Duns. Because you know done of course was in his name. His name

  • was John Duns Scotus. So they started to call him Duns in a derogatory way. You

  • know, in a way that's you know, criticizing them or making fun of them

  • in a derogatory way. They considered them to be stupid , slow to learn and change

  • their minds. So that's really where it comes from. That's why ... that's where the

  • word dunce actually comes from. Okay. The dunce cap... Now when we see dunce, I

  • remember years ago. I don't, I don't think this is done anymore and I don't really

  • remember it being done in school or was it done in first grade ? I'm not sure but I

  • remember when I was a kid, sometimes you'd see old shows or movies where they

  • did actually if they if there was a student in the class that was not very

  • smart or as a way of a punishment, maybe they sit him in a corner. And they

  • put this little cone-shaped hat on them, and sometimes it actually said the word

  • dunce on it as kind of a punishment. Today, this would this ... would probably

  • almost be considered child abuse. I think so.

  • This is not really done anymore, but it was done at one time. So there was such a

  • thing as a dunce cap and the dunce cap the idea for the dunce cap, actually came

  • from John Duns Scotus, So let's continue here. The dunce cap

  • came about as an idea from John Duns Scotus who believed that the cone

  • shape ... so it was cone shaped like a cone. A cone shape cap in a metaphysical way,

  • could collect knowledge and wisdom to the tip. The tip you know, at the top of

  • the cap and spread it and spread the knowledge into the brain below. All right.

  • So that's where the idea from the dunce cap actually came from. All right and of

  • course we just got one example here for dunce. Don't be such a dunce.

  • There is no way that it could possibly be true. So this is the way we may use it

  • today. Anyway, I hope you got it. I hope you find it interesting and informative.

  • Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 80. The word origin today is


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