Scotus was ironically a well-known Scottish thinker. His followers, however, opposed the philosophers of the Renaissance, and thus "dunce" was first used to describe someone rejecting new knowledge in 1530; later, any stupid person.
dunce (plural dunces)
- An unintelligent person; an idiot.
- ^ https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/14-fascinating-word-origins-english-language.html
- “dunce”, Wordorigins.org, Dave Wilton, Sunday, June 11, 2006.