Talk:maroon

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Flare[edit]

What is the etymology of maroon as a signal flare? 85.211.1.23 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)

I concur with the above ("A Maroon, as in a a backward or foolish person, refers to the name for runaway slaves on the Island of Jamaica in the 18th and 19th century.") and believe the entry should be amended accordingly. 75.134.88.56 12:05, 22 March 2016 (UTC)