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dunce cap

The mark of ignorance. Before more enlightened pedagogical theories came into practice, students who were considered slow learners or even completely incapable of learning were made to sit on a high stool in a classroom corner while wearing a tall, conical paper cap with the word “dunce” on it. The rationale was that such embarrassment would encourage the child to try harder and do better (perhaps as a traumatized juvenile delinquent). Such headgear has gone the way of the three Rs taught to the tune of a hickory stick, but as a phrase, people who make a mistake then smack themselves up the side of the head while uttering a Homer Simpson–like “doh!” might then ask rhetorically “Where'd I leave that dunce cap?” “Dunce” has an interesting derivation. It comes from the medieval philosopher John Duns Scotius, whose ideas were considered foolish. He and his followers wore conical hats, the top meant to point toward higher wisdom. The similarity to dunce caps is inescapable.
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LEADING RESULTS - Men: 1 S Beattie (Morp) 15:00; 2 J Dunce (TyneBr) 15:09; 3 R Floyd (Morp) 15:35; 4 K Calvert (Sund) 15:41; 5 T Charlton (TyneBr) 15:45; 6 S Ellis (NSP) 15:58; 7 S Hall (Gates) 16:03; 8 G Cook (NSP) 16:05; 9 E Kelly (NSP) 16:12; 10 S Charlton (Walls) 16:16; 11 M Banks (Heat) 16:37; 12 M Dawson (NSP) 16:41;13SANTHONY(WSuff)16:49;14DWright(TyneBr)16:57; 15 S Lyon (Walls) 17:00.
As a contest, the race had ended at that point as Fenwick came home to win by 24 seconds, with fastfinishing Dunce claiming second place ahead of Brodie.
Cyberion's Cyber Explorer Internet access package also includes other valuable features such as E-mail, Zip Wizard, Dunce for Windows95, AutoFTP installer and CyberPatrol, a leading Internet content monitoring product enabling system operators to limit access to material deemed unsuitable.
It is basic maths - not so much the Wolf of Wall Street, more the Dunce of Downing Street.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS LAST SAUL ASP OBEY APSE GOO BEER BEETROOT AIRS HINTS CHANCE LADY HASTE MEL ASS ARCS GUS MUL L DEE SOD HANO I RAPT RUSTED SATYR BART CLARINET EBBS OBI NOTEROSE TAN GRAS SP I T WEE THINKER Across: 1 Skid, 4 Skint, 7 Phase, 8 Dunce, 9 Gaffe, 10 Long player, 14 Normal, 16 Staple, 17 Carnoustie, 22 Tread, 23 Diana, 25 Outdo, 26 Bairn, 27 Knit.
BIG Brother dunce Brian Belo seemed to have patched up his romance with twin Amanda as they snuggled up together in bed yesterday.
He was by no means the dunce of the class; another hapless flyer slammed into our bridge.
suffice to say that for a techno dunce like me, who still hasn't mastered the video, it's nothing short of a miracle.
A WHOLE epic cast of Hollywood's top-achieving actors and actresses played the role of dunce in their schooldays.
Here it is: the proof that Michael Gove is definitely dunce material with his constant spouting that literacy standards slipped over the Labour years.
Panto veterans the Grumbleweeds have now perfected their performances as the generic pan to dunce, and they skilfully hold together the slapstick comedy aspects of the show.
Saturday Night Live'' cast member gives a broad, eager-to-please performance as Tracy Mitchell, a generic good- hearted dunce who loves his very patient wife (Tamala Jones) and two sons, one soulful, one sassy.
IRISH telly gardener Diarmuid Gavin was sent to psychologists as a boy because his parents feared he was a dunce.
Secretary Richard Gregory's team eased into the final but lost 3-1 to the treasurer's side with a goal from the event's youngest player Chris Dunce and two from Jack Savage.
Other stretches hit by roadworks include the B6345 at Etal Mill Bridge, the B6307 Dilston Haugh to Dilston Hall, the A6079 Acomb to Wall and the A196 Shadfen to Dunce Houses road at Morpeth.