No, not servant. That’s a whole world of vast difference. Lazing around on the last second day of the year, I popped onto one of my favourite blogs – Kate from Ireland
Her explanation link brought me this – top of the list – an expert or wise person. Of course, before I clicked on her link, I went to do a little investigation myself. A person who has the Savant Syndrome – sometimes referred to as savantism, is a rare condition in which people with developmental disorders have one or more areas of expertise, ability, or brilliance that are in contrast with the individual’s overall limitations.
OK – having areas of ability in contrast with limitations. That got me stuck. Does that mean having a particular streak of brilliance(without even having to make much efforts in learning) means you are doomed to be impaired in another area?
Next, dictionary.com brings me – A person of profound or extensive learning. Sounds a little better to me. At least it shows a miniscule amount of effort poured into it. So I guess my conclusion is – when we say a person is a savant, it either means he or she has a profound storage of knowledge over time or has an inert ability to be incredibly smart(without even trying) though limitations in perhaps another area? i.e. Genius? Prodigy? Similar to Beethoven when he began to lose his hearing at age 26 but still continued to compose amazing music?