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Where does the term cartoon come from? Yeah, I know I can google it. Just seeing who knows before I have to.
As per the online etymology dictionary, it's a combination of the latin words carte or "card" and loon or "hilarious." But carteloon is phonetically to close to panteloon which caused too much confusion. It wasn't uncommon in 18th century Romanized cultures to be mistaken for insulting a persons trousers, and depending on whos trousers one was mistakenly insulting could have resulted in one's execution. So somewhere along the line it was naturally shortened to cartoon. You might also be keen to know that "Walt Disney" was a pseudonym, and before pursuing a career in animation Leon Schlesinger was a Second Reich commandant.
This is what Wikipedia had to offer
"A cartoon (from the Italian "cartone" and Dutch word "karton", meaning strong, heavy paper or pasteboard) is a full-size drawing made on sturdy paper as a study or modello for a painting, stained glass, or tapestry."
Somebody really needs to start looking over the interwebz and checking for accuracy.
i'm an old lady, quit using acronyms, or whatever they're called. what is ORLY?
Yeah, old like me, plus you had a cell phone first.
Anyhow, you gotta admit my definition is way more interesting.