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Dunce Day

Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln, England - DSCF1726November 8 is Dunce Day!

Dunce Day celebrates the term “dunce,” or someone who is incapable of learning, unwilling to learn, a slow learner, lazy, dull, ignorant…you get the idea. Pointed hats called “dunce caps” were once used by teachers as a form of punishment for misbehavior in the classroom or, of course, for being a dunce. Though a rare to non-existent punishment today, you’ve probably seen the dunce cap depicted in pop culture as a cone-shaped paper had marked with “dunce” or a “D.”

Celebrate Dunce Day by crowning the dunces in your life with dunce caps, then do them (and society) a favor by forcing them to learn something…anything.

Did You Know?…The term “dunce” was derived from the name John Duns Scotus,  one of the most influential philosophers and theologians of the High Middle Ages. Dunce Day marks the day of his death in 1308.

“Duns,” later “dunce” was originally applied to followers of Duns Scotus by humanists and reformers during the 16th century as an insult for being incapable of scholarship. Learn more about Duns Scotus and his theories by clicking here.


Sources: theultimateholidaysite.com, wikipedia.org
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