Who's the most talented?
We talk about 'talented' a lot, but most of those discussions reveal that people,
at best, disagree on what talent is, and, at worst, many people have no clue.
Fortunately, we have dictionary.com to help us.
1. A marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment. See Synonyms at ability.
2. Natural endowment or ability of a superior quality.
3. Inclination; will; disposition; desire.
They rather counseled you to your talent than to your profit. --Chaucer.
4. Intellectual ability, natural or acquired; mental endowment or capacity;
skill in accomplishing;
a special gift, particularly in business, art, or the like; faculty
5. natural qualities or talents [syn: endowment, gift, natural endowment]
6: a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity
1. The quality of being able to do something,
especially the physical, mental, financial, or
legal power to accomplish something.
A natural or acquired skill or talent.
The quality of being suitable for or receptive to a specified treatment;
We note that this is definitely about what's 'innate'.
That is, what you were born with, bot what you learned. Being a good volley-er is not a talent, its a skill.
Still pretty general.
'A marked innate ability', 'natural endowment', 'unusual ability'.
Ability is the synonym that appears most, and lends the most insight.
"...the physical, mental, financial, or legal power to accomplish something"
So when we ask, 'who has the most talent?, we're asking who has the most physical or mental ability to play winning tennis. How do we measure this?
Well for starters, who's winning? That's not the w le of it though.
Dani H has buckets of physical talent. Runs fast, good racket head speed, pretty soft hands, good endurance. Chanda has top flight mental abilities. She figures out what's going on out there fast and makes correct adjustments. (That may be a lesser example)
When we talk talent, we talk about things the players were born with that help them win at tennis.