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Q: What is the definition of a lunatic and an idiot in the 1900’s
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In the 1900s, the terms “lunatic” and “idiot” were used to describe individuals with mental or intellectual disabilities, but their use and meaning have evolved over time, and they are now considered offensive and inappropriate.
“Lunatic” was historically used to describe someone with severe mental illness or who exhibited irrational or insane behavior. The term originated from the Latin word “lunaticus,” which means “moonstruck” or “affected by the moon,” as it was once believed that mental illness was caused by the moon’s phases.
“Idiot” was used in the early 1900s as a term to describe someone with significant intellectual or developmental disabilities. It was a legal and medical classification for individuals with an IQ below 30 or who were deemed “incapable of understanding the ordinary affairs of life.” The term has its origins in the Latin word “idiota,” which means an “ignorant person” or “layman.”
Over time, society’s understanding and treatment of mental and intellectual disabilities have evolved, and these terms are now considered derogatory and offensive. They have been replaced by more respectful and accurate language to describe people with mental or intellectual disabilities, such as “person with a mental illness” or “person with an intellectual disability.”