One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person) not having a natural aptitude or skill.
- ‘Realistically, the national team that has ended Zambia's treasured record of seven straight appearances at the Africa Cup finals would have found themselves not only ill-equipped for the Tunisia job but also untalented.’
- ‘By 1914 former reformists were beginning to regard violence as the only means left to loosen a regime which seemed more and more intolerant, intolerable, and, worse, untalented.’
- ‘Historically, the talented ones have been the ones to survive and pass along their genetic material - the untalented or unfit have died off without reproducing, thus advancing our species.’
- ‘This success will help these students be more comfortable in drawing later and not think that they are untalented in art.’
- ‘As he warns, you don't want to hire untalented women who'll just write about ‘women's issues.’’
- ‘Are you honestly telling me that Botticelli was untalented?’
- ‘I cannot recall a movie that has starred so many untalented people who cannot act.’
- ‘He was the classic dour, authoritarian socialist, a masterly desk and committee politician but disdainful of and untalented at electoral politics.’
- ‘Actors are usually, on the whole, thick, desperate, untalented and always thinking, ‘What about me?’
- ‘It's not that he's untalented - in fact, his DJ-ing skills are clearly top-notch as he deftly weaves his jazzy samples into a cohesive whole.’
- ‘Throw all the money in the world at an untalented writer and they will stay untalented and you can bet a promising one will be standing right behind them, on the verge of giving up.’
- ‘The imposing residence of the director has been turned over to the Sydney Writers' Centre where the untalented are pursued by the incompetent.’
- ‘Too often the SAC has drip-fed amateurish and incompetent publishers, sustained untalented writers who would rather run a workshop than confront a blank screen and baled out magazines which are barely literate.’
- ‘Sometimes when you go through the papers, you have to read that you're a boring, untalented person, and you have to live with that.’
- ‘There are too many earnest, young, untalented performers (mostly from English and American Universities) who mount abbreviated versions of classic plays and who have minimal directing and acting abilities.’
- ‘There were the appallingly untalented, removed from that friendly mirror in their bedroom, dancing like stick insects with St Vitus dance and impaling themselves on hideous voices.’
- ‘This pretentious, precious, pseudo-poetic, name-dropping drivel is one of those endless monologues that in the hands of an arrogant, untalented twit become menaces to society.’
- ‘Dreams are the last refuge of the untalented writer.’
- ‘The only cursed people I know are the untalented actors and actresses that somehow manage to get cast, based on good auditions and producers who forget how bad they were in their last work.’
- ‘During the 1820s, a pompous and untalented versifier referred to the Pacific as a ‘liquid waste’, which makes it sound like sewage.’
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