We explain what the skill is, where its meaning and examples come from. In addition, the difference between skill and ability.
What is the skill?
The term skill, from the Latin dextra (“right”), is used to name the ability with which a person satisfactorily performs a task or a job , usually linked to the body and manual crafts. Thus, people who demonstrate dexterity are called right-handed.
It should be explained here that the origin of this word is linked to the use of the right hand (in fact, the right hand is known as “right-handed”, as opposed to the left or “sinister”), since the right-hand side of the body was formerly associated with positive spiritual values: reason, faith, truth and God, while the left side to its opposites: emotion, lies and the diabolical or pagan.
Hence, talk of “getting up with the left foot” to say that someone woke up in a bad mood, or “left hand” to refer to manipulation and conviction, or even until relatively recently left-handed people were forced to write “correctly”: with the right hand. Likewise, those who can use both hands equally are known as ambidextrous: “they have two right hands.”
That said, it will be understood that the term skill refers to the ability to do things well, that is, to do them “with the right”.
You can have skills in virtually any activity , although the term usually refers to those of a physical nature, such as sports , agility, balance, elasticity, strength and coordination , etc.
In general terms, when it is said that a person is right-handed, reference is made to having good physical abilities , is resilient, agile or talented for body management.
It is also possible to talk about “mental skills”, which would be a kind of metaphorical use of the term, to indicate that a person uses his mental talents or abilities in a manner comparable to what an athlete or a person extremely does with his body agile, strong, etc.
Difference between skill and ability
Commonly are skills distinguish skills , although there is not really a concrete and universal definition of each.
By skill, then, the innate talent that a person possesses in a certain activity or area is understood, no matter what: physical, mental or social. It is about the characteristics of an individual that allow him to perform notoriously well in a given activity.
On the other hand, as we have already seen, the skill tends to be related more to what is related to the body and the objects: skill with knives, skill for juggling, sports skills, etc.