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To be adroit means to be skilled, shrewd or clever at some mental or physical task.

At least, that’s what the dictionary tells me. I’ve never been referred to as adroit at anything, so I don’t have any personal experience. When I get to the words clumsy, uncoordinated, and dimwitted I’ll be able to speak with much more authority.

When, you might ask, would one use the word adroit? Clearly, not when speaking about me. However, here’s an instance when you would: If someone is able to build one of those ships in a bottle from scratch in less than 30 minutes and have it come out looking like a masterpiece you could say that person is very adroit at building ships in a bottle.

You could also say that he or she undoubtedly wasted far too much of his or her life practicing ship-in-a-bottle-building, but that’s neither here nor there. And it is, after all, his or her business, ridiculous though that business may be.

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