Talent: Insult or Compliment?
But, when I look talent up in the dictionary, I find that it means:
1)A marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment.
2)Natural endowment or ability of a superior quality. A person or group of people having such ability.
It sounds to me that if I say someone is talented, I may be unintentionally dissing all the work they have put into whatever it is they do well. I certainly don't mean this and do not discount all the work someone puts into learning their craft well. In most cases if a person is a good writer or a good painter or a good singer...they have put a lot of work and effort into their art. They practice. They do it every day. They may take classes or work independently to improve.
I am not sure if there is such a thing as innate ability. There may be. But I think when I use the word talent, I am inadvertently ignoring all the work that artist has put into their art, music, writing. I am leaving out the accomplishement of the artist.
I think I need to find another word that acknowledges the accomplishment aspect and minimizes the innate or natural aspect.