What is a submoron?
I ran across the word in an article ( it happened to be about politics) and became curious as to its meaning. This is probably as good a place as anyway to get some answers.
It's the moron who shows up when the usual moron is out sick.
No, seriously, the word 'moron' used to be a clinical term for someone of very low intelligence. Submoron was for someone even less intelligent. Both words became perjoratives in general use, and the clinicians substituted 'mentally retarded.' But that term also became a general pejorative, generally shortened to 'retard' (stress on the first syllable). Now the generally accepted clinical term is 'cognitively impaired.' I'm curious to see how the general population will start using that pejoratively.
I was going to say a politician. But the image says it best.
I suppose the best way I can describe it is to come up with your own best description and vision of what a moron would look like arriving on a particular scene. Then imagine that something less than that showed up...it would be a sub-moron. In other words, moron would be par and anything less would be a sub-moron or sub-par. One must be careful with such a description in that surely there is something in a full step down grade level below that of moron...of example, an idiot. Or perhaps, an idiot is a full grade step above the moron. Regardless, if one thinks of it in the scale of music a "submoron" would be a sharp or flat note on the way up or down to the next full note in the scale. At that point the reference to anything moronic would transition to whatever that next level or scale note would be and thus the included reference would also be the case. For example, if we assert that an idiot is one full grade step below that of moron, then the half step in between the two becomes either an idiot sharp or a moronic flat otherwise best described as a "submoron". And there ya go! WB
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