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What is the etymology of maroon as a signal flare? 21:56, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Was definition 4 (moron) derived from definition 1 (fugitive slave settler)?[edit]

I always thought that Bugs Bunny usage of this term was like definition 4 (slang for moron), but I'm now wondering if Bugs was making making an insulting comparison to the fugitive slave settlers (definition 1). A few bloggers think this is the case. Does anyone know if this was a vernacular insult at the time these toons were current? A very incomplete search tells me Bugs used this term several times in Looney Toons episodes from 1947-52. / edg 15:42, 19 November 2014 (UTC)