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    A dunce cap, also variously known as a dunce hat, dunce's cap, or dunce's hat, is a pointy hat. In popular culture, it is typically made of paper and often marked with a D or the word "dunce", and given to schoolchildren to wear as punishment by public humiliation for misbehaviour and, as the name implies, stupidity. While this is now a rare practice, it is frequently depicted in popular culture such as animated television series.

    1. Crystal Writer 61 months ago | reply

      I was wondering what "dunce" meant, and here's what I found from www.thefreedictionary.com ... Noun-A stupid person; a dolt.
      [After John Duns Scotus, whose writings and philosophy were ridiculed in the 16th century.]

      They said those who followed were called "Dunses" so I guess the single eventually evolved into the spelling above.

    2. ~Pawsitive~Candie_N 61 months ago | reply

      I hadn`t thought to check the dictionary. The above is from a site they had listed on the paper at the school house museum.

    3. That Snake Guy 31 months ago | reply

      I used this image on my recent blog post and linked it back to here. I will try to fix the attribution to say (c) 2009 by you as soon as I can figure out how to get Blogger to do that. :)

    4. ~Pawsitive~Candie_N 31 months ago | reply

      Don`t worry about a link. TY for letting me know you used it.

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