Everyday Linguistics Question

  1. wingedcentaur profile image83
    wingedcentaurposted 5 years ago

    Everyday Linguistics Question

    Here's something I think of as an everyday linguistics question. Without using a dictionary tell me: What, to you, is the differece between a 'talent' and a 'gift' -- as in to 'have a talent for basketball' or to be 'gifted at the game of basketball'? Is there a difference, as you see it?

  2. ackman1465 profile image61
    ackman1465posted 5 years ago

    I would say these words are ALMOST interchangeable, with the subtle caveat that I consider a "gift" to be something rather innate, whilest a "talent" is something more subject to development....   

    For example, a very tall person may have a "gift" of height which contributes to his/her ability to play basketball.... whilest a shorter person might be an excellent dribbler or passer or shooter..... having a "talent" for (and can practice to improve) those basketball skills....