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Origin of moron
OTHER WORDS FROM moronmo·ron·ic [muh-ron-ik], /məˈrɒn ɪk/, adjectivemo·ron·ism, mo·ron·i·ty [muh-ron-i-tee], /məˈrɒn ɪ ti/, noun
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More context on moron
Calling someone a moron is all in good fun, right? Not so much. While moron can sound like a simple schoolyard taunt, the term was originally used by psychologists to classify someone as having mild intellectual disabilities. What’s more, prominent psychologists, notably Henry H. Goddard, who used the label moron promoted eugenics.
Moron is no longer in use as a medical term, and it’s offensive and ableist to equate someone you think is acting foolish to a person with a disability.
If knowing the history of moron has got you reflecting on your word choices, this slideshow, “These Common Words Have Offensive Histories,” discusses many other words whose place in your vocab you may want to reconsider.
Keep in mind …
Now, we’re not condoning any name-calling, but we’re also not naive—we know it happens! But, we can at least alert to the fact there are plenty of alternatives to moron that don’t come with so much painful baggage:
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Example sentences from the Web for moron
The subtext of many smart tech pitches is that you’d be a moron not to buy this.Lessons From the Year in Surveillance Tech Debacles|Jesse Marx|December 28, 2020|Voice of San Diego
A total moron who screws up even with inherited wealth, while blustering through life knowing nothing.My Dad served in WWII — he was a hero, not a loser|Peter Rosenstein|September 10, 2020|Washington Blade
Nevertheless, we were obliged to open our ranks to rescue the mare and Moron whom they were already dragging off half dead.
Moron and Bagac on the opposite coast each report more than a hundred.Negritos of Zambales|William Allan Reed
Moron, who was a native of Vaimo, had a small horse which was pretty well trained.
The total distance from Utrera to Moron is about sixteen miles.
Moron val, who looked on, shrugged his shoulders, with a glance at his wife.Jack|Alphonse Daudet