Viewed 17k times. Edwin Ross Edwin Ross 1, 2 2 gold badges 12 12 silver badges 25 25 bronze badges. The time has come to borrow the German Fachidiot. Isn't that a Nerd? RegDwight: Oh, thanks, when I start to learn German it will be great to know this word from the very beginning.
Being able to succeed scholastically, and not necessarily in the real world. Urban Dictionary. Callithumpian Callithumpian 23k 7 7 gold badges 61 61 silver badges bronze badges. There are so many interesting versions and it is a pity that I can chose only one. An idiot savant , perhaps?
Uticensis Uticensis Alain: it's not the worst fit, and you can easily drop the idiot part and just say savant. I don't think that this meets the OP's requirements at all, as an idiot savant is a person who is actually mentally retarded , but has exaggerated ability in some narrow specialty. That's a very different thing from someone who has normal intelligence but a lack of practical common sense. JSBangs It is not always used in a technical sense; in fact, the technical sense doesn't exist anymore.
The second definition given above suffices for the OP's purposes. Idiot savant is just like the words moron , imbecile , idiot , in that regard; they used to designate very precise IQ levels, but have become generalist terms to mean "stupid". Joel Neely Joel Neely 59 1 1 bronze badge. Etymology rarely has anything to do with current usage. The adjective form sophomoric does have a disparaging meaning, but it means something akin to immature , with no cleverness implied. The noun sophomore doesn't even carry that meaning; it simply means a not-quite-beginner student.
Such people could be said to live in an Ivory Tower ivory tower plural ivory towers idiomatic A sheltered, overly-academic existence or perspective, implying a disconnection or lack of awareness of reality or practical considerations. Robb Robb 1, 11 11 silver badges 17 17 bronze badges. I remember an old saying 'penny-wise, pound-foolish' With tongue, embedded in cheek, Chris.
Actually, I think "Normal" - although most people wouldn't 'get it', is bang on. My observation has been that the smartest people I've known invariable have an equal-and-opposite as it were area of in-expertise. The OP is looking for a word to describe people who are abnormally normal. CesarGon CesarGon 3, 1 1 gold badge 18 18 silver badges 28 28 bronze badges. Brian Hooper Brian Hooper Autistic could be a word I would use in such cases, but I would mean it figuratively.
Perhaps if this were the s Michael Easter: The OP didn't ask for a word that would not be harsh. Although autistic people are sometimes incredibly smart that is not always the case, and viceversa. In that sense Billare answer idiot savant is much better. Such a person is usually eccentric too. Jason Orendorff Jason Orendorff 4, 18 18 silver badges 26 26 bronze badges.
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