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Craig L

Did Sophie use the word "Maroon" as an insult? That's what Bugs Bunny used to say, in an intentional mispronunciation of "moron" by the Looney Tunes writers. He also pronounced "imbecile" like "embezzle" and "ignoramus" as "ignoranimous". And he was supposed to be the SMART character in those cartoons.

These days, "moron", like most insults of non-intelligence that were once actual serious terminogy (wikipedia: "a term once used in psychology to denote mild intellectual disability... closely tied with the American eugenics movement."), is considered one of those Pathetically Incorrect words.

About 20 years ago, another cartoon, the superhero spoof "Freakazoid" had a recurring character named "Mo-Ron", described as a "dimwitted alien" who in his first appearance forgot the important message he had been sent to give earth. Network censors ultimately prevailed and got the character's name changed to "Bo-Ron". And in my research, I just discovered that he was voiced by the great STAN FREBERG who passed away this week (and based on the voice he had given to a dopey character in a Looney Tunes cartoon over 40 years earlier).

But I thought that both "moron" and "maroon" had been effectively replaced in recent usage by the heavily memed "MORAN".

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