[Ads-l] prodigy "extraordinary mental ability in a child"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 23 20:16:11 EDT 2020


> On Aug 23, 2020, at 5:49 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Or "prodigality" autocorrect?

For me, “prodigality” isn’t the abstract nominal for “prodigy”; it’s reserved for ‘wasteful spending’ and such. (As in the case of the prodigal son, who was no prodigy.)  So I can see the problem, since “prodigyhood” or “prodigyness” are pretty much impossible.  But “prodigy” doesn’t really work either, as Mark notes.

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> On Sun, Aug 23, 2020, 2:33 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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>> “being a” deletion?
>> 
>>> On Aug 23, 2020, at 2:09 PM, Mark Mandel <markamandel at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>> 
>>> From  "Inside The Mind Of Jaxon Cota An 11-Year-Old Kid Genius | NBC
>>> Nightly News"
>>> https://youtu.be/aIYBZIM10DA
>>> chyron at 4:02
>>> 
>>> For now, despite his prodigy, Jaxon's parents want to keep him at his
>> grade
>>> level.
>>> 
>>> Mark A. Mandel
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