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What does phenom mean?
A phenom is a person with an extraordinary talent or ability. The word is especially used to refer to a relatively young person who is considered a prodigy.
Phenom is a shortened version of the word phenomenon, which can be used to mean the same thing.
The word phenom is often preceded by the particular field that the phenom excels in or the skill that they have, as in chess phenom or basketball phenom.
Example: All eyes are on the gymnastics phenom as she makes her first international appearance.
Where does phenom come from?
Phenom has been used as a shortening of phenomenon (meaning “an exceptionally talented person) since at least the 1880s. Phenomenon comes from the Greek phainómenon, from the verb phaínesthai, meaning “to appear, become visible,” from phaínein, “to show, bring to light, make known.”
Phenoms often gain fame due to their exceptional talents or abilities. This is especially the case for young people who are gifted beyond their years. The older that such a phenom gets, the less likely they are to be called a phenom, simply because it is less unexpected for an older person to possess exceptional skill.
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How is phenom used in real life?
Phenom is somewhat informal. It’s most commonly used to refer to young people and is often preceded with a particular skill or field.
Vera Menchik: the forgotten chess phenom who beat male chess champions years before ‘Queen’s Gambit’ fictional Beth Harmon https://t.co/mPufrjVeSy
— Soraya Chemaly (@schemaly) November 29, 2020
— TBL 🏓 TNS (@tbl_tns) January 6, 2018
— Chamber Music Pittsburgh (@chambermusicpgh) May 11, 2018
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The 10-year-old violin phenom displays an astounding ability.
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Erin Brooks is a 13-year-old surfing phenom notching impressive competition results and landing tricks that still elude many adult pros.
Moreover, breakout stars like Stanford’s Aliyah Boston or freshmen phenoms Caitlin Clark and Paige Bueckers are held back from joining the league by an age requirement of 22.Small Sample Sizes Be Damned, Let’s Talk About Baseball|Sarah Shachat|April 13, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
You can read Michal Lev-Ram and Andrew Nusca’s wonderful story on the phenom here.
Which raises a question about the phenom whom Israel’s previous first-round draftee called “the greatest talent in Israeli basketball history.”Deni Avdija is ‘the greatest talent in Israeli basketball history.’ But is he ready for the NBA?|Steve Hendrix|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
The next three drafts are projected to have ideal depth and plenty of franchise-altering phenoms.The Wizards’ reboot needs to start with trading both John Wall and Bradley Beal|Jerry Brewer|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
The talk radio phenom and Fox News staple has identified himself as a longtime listener of the TRN patriarch.
Bring in Khatuna Lorig, a five-time Olympian and archery phenom.‘Catching Fire’: How Jennifer Lawrence Learned to Shoot a Bow and Arrow|Kevin Fallon|November 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And their relationship has continued--a trip back to Phenom Penh late last month was Angelo's third.
Presa, Jugendstil, and schwannoma were the words that knocked a young phenom out of the last three National Spelling Bees.Queens Phenom Goes for Redemption at National Spelling Bee Finals|Michael Daly|March 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The former Denver Broncos phenom rarely saw the field for the Jets this year, and the team is reportedly looking to trade him.Tim Tebow’s ‘Hate’ Pastor Responds to Quarterback’s Withdrawal|David Freedlander|February 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
News travels fast in a college community and Drake had passed the word that Ainslee had uncovered a “phenom.”Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball|J. W. Duffield
"Better pull in on the infant phenom—Snorky might hear of it," he thought.Skippy Bedelle|Owen Johnson
He is a phenom, a veritable Prodigious Prodigy, and maybe old Bannister isn't wild with enthusiasm.T. Haviland Hicks Senior|J. Raymond Elderdice