Sentence: Prodigies are able to function at an advanced adult level in some domain before age 12. “Prodigy” derives from the Latin “prodigium,” a monster that violates the natural order. These children have differences so evident as to resemble a birth defect, and it was in that context that I came to investigate them. Having spent 10 years researching a book about children whose experiences differ radically from those of their parents and the world around them, I found that stigmatized differences — having Down syndrome, autism or deafness; being a dwarf or being transgender — are often clouds with silver linings. Families grappling with these apparent problems may find profound meaning, even beauty, in them. Prodigiousness, conversely, looks from a distance like silver, but it comes with banks of clouds; genius can be as bewildering and hazardous as a disability.
Meaning: A young person having exceptional qualities or abilities; an outstanding example of a particular quality
How to Remember?
The word “prodigy” should remind you of a kid who is a professional at whatever he/ she does!
Genius, Virtuoso, Whizz-kid, Wizard
Imbecile, Simpleton, Nincompoop
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