Andrey (azangru) wrote,

The word talented is so often used simply as a general nicety, likely not meaning what it was supposed to mean (i.e. "gifted").

Exhibit A:

"Talent" shouldn't depend on whether you figure out how to help someone; "talent" is a pre-condition. "Talented", moreover intensified by "incredibly", seems a very odd successor to "teachable" (someone is teachable; you taught them to do the job; and now they are incredibly talented? what a load of bullshit).

Exhibit B:

Again, if read literally, the sentence seems to be saying that there are people who have a talent for being technical reviewers. A rather odd talent, that.

I don’t think I’ve seen any dictionary describe the word talented as a vague term of approbation — the sense in which it seems to be used.

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