Fake Etymologies

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tal‧ent, n. /ˈtalənt/

Originally Swiss (Alemannic) German talende, a verbal adjective formed from Tal (“valley”) meaning “exhibiting great skill.” The German-speaking Swiss, living in such high altitudes, lacked the oxygen to perform great atheltic or mental feats. Those activities they ascribed to people who lived in the lowerlands or valleys.