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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 14th December 2017
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polymath (noun) POL-i-math

Somebody with knowledge of many subjects.

The DCMS [the Department for Culture, Media and Sport] says that a national strategy for heritage science is entirely appropriate and agrees that it should have a chief scientific adviser, although it points out that, given the ragbag of its responsibilities, he would have to be the kind of polymath that we do not these days produce.

Lord Howath of Newport, Lords Hansard, 12 June 2007. Lords Hansard

An account of a spiritual odyssey in time and space, Youth Without Youth is based closely on a novella by the Romanian diplomat, novelist, philosopher and polymath Mircea Eliade (1907-86), who spent the last 30 years of his life teaching comparative mythology and religious history at the University of Chicago.

Philip French, The Observer, 16 December 2007. The Observer

Burr's candidate is Luca Turin, a London-based research scientist whom he presents as a Continental rogue, unfettered polymath, and pure sensualist.

Unattributed review in The New Yorker on 20 January 2003, The New Yorker
of Chandler Burr's The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession. Amazon

He still carries a strong accent from his native New Zealand, and in conversation he comes across as less a utility manager than a polymath with the combined savvy of an engineer, an economist and a politician.

Jon Gertner, The New York Times, 21 October 2007. The New York Times

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