One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Knowledge or learning. Frequently in later use with pejorative connotations: bookish or conventional learning; erudition without practical application.
2Unusual or exceptional aptitude for a particular task or activity despite significant impairment in other areas of intellectual or social functioning. Also more generally: precocious or prodigious talent in a single field.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Our ‘First Families’. From savant + -ism, after French savantisme.
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