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To be erudite (AIR-eh-dite), some say, is simply to be educated and learned, or a genius in some area of study. If that was the case, Bobby Fischer would be considered erudite. He, however, was far from the true meaning of this lovely adjective.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Bobby Fischer, he was a child and continuing prodigy (natural born genius) in the world of chess.
This is the introduction to a brilliant movie about a boy who is the anti-Bobby Fischer and the true meaning of the word erudite, Josh Waitzkin.
The reason he might be considered far from the true meaning of the word would be that it also includes a number of other qualities besides just really intelligent. It means civilized, discerning, illuminating, and wise. Bobby Fischer, for all his untouchable brilliance in chess, was considered by many to be boastful, hurtful, judgmental, and held most humans in contempt, which means he didn't think very highly of them, esteeming them to be inferior to himself.
This is a portrayal of Josh Waitzkin in that same movie, Searching for Bobby Fischer, showing his erudition. He knows he is going to win the final championship and so he offers his opponent a draw--an opportunity to share the championship. This is real humanity at work. He understands that he has a loving family and a life outside of chess. His opponent does not. He is kind, wise, enlightened, civilized; in short, he is erudite.
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."