Meaning of Escarnio

What is Scorn:

The ridicule is the act of tormenting someone through teasing. It is called public ridicule if it is done publicly, with the purpose of increasing humiliation.

The word derision may have its origins in Germanic Gothic skerjan which means “to mock” or from Latin excarmin which indicates “torment, action and effect of tearing flesh.” Despite having an uncertain etymology, both currents refer to a form of abuse.

Synonyms of derision are: mock, mock, humiliate and ridicule.

public ridicule

Nowadays, public ridicule is considered a crime of libel and slander, since it threatens honor and moral integrity.

In general, they are defined in criminal law as the accusation of crimes against a person with knowledge of falsehood, that is, knowing that they are lies.

social ridicule

Social ridicule was a common social control mechanism in the Middle Ages. Lessons were given, that is, the guilty person was punished in public to humiliate him. In this way, social ridicule prevented people from acting outside established norms.

In this sense, although ridicule is currently prohibited by law in some aspects, such as, for example, to protect debtors and those who profess a religion, social ridicule is still common, especially for minorities.

Mockery is associated with the abuse of power, since the power of normalization is used to torment those who act or are different. For example, medical scanning is the case when a doctor makes fun of the patient because he asks something about her health that he does not understand.

Examples such as the viralization of videos exposing private life to social ridicule through social networks also show that this medieval behavior of abuse of power continues to exist.

Prayers of scorn

“If you receive a video that exposes people’s privacy, humiliates them or violates them, do not share it.” Video campaign #yorespeto