He came back from a trip down there one time and was upset because he said Uncle Fabrice treated him like a dunce in front of customers.
And the woman who wrote this, whoever she is, isn't any dunce.
He was sent to various schools, but was generally regarded as a dunce, and when he was sixteen years of age he entered his father's foundry, working for seven years with no wages beyond a little pocket money.
His father was called Bonaccio, most probably a nickname with the ironical meaning of "a good, stupid fellow," while to Leonardo himself another nickname, Bigollone (dunce, blockhead), seems to have been given.
He passed from the school at Kilkenny to Trinity College, Dublin (1700), where, owing to the peculiar subtlety of his mind and his determination to accept no doctrine on the evidence of authority or convention, he left the beaten track of study and was regarded by some as a dunce, by others as a genius.
Those who failed to meet sales targets were made to stand in the corner wearing a dunce 's hat.
This booby is neither of those tho - the word has also been used to mean dunce since at least the 17th century.
The inspiration for this monumental event was not a... how did the word dunce came about?
Raven was doubtless an intellectual and was immensely learned, but he was a scientific dunce despite his nature study and biology lessons.
It has been a period of spiritual education once more for the class dunce.
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