Monday, May 7, 2012

prodigy/progeny/protégé: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Monday, May 7, 2012.

Your progeny are your kids, though it would be pretty pretentious to refer to them as such. If your child is a brilliantly outstanding person he or she may be a child prodigy. In fact, anything amazingly admirable can be a prodigy. But a person that you take under your wing in order to help promote his or her career is your protégé.

Avoid misspelling or mispronouncing “prodigy” as “progidy.”


  1. Just for amusement's sake, say you had several children who were all exceptionally talented and were apprenticing you in the family business. Would you have prodigious protégé progeny?

  2. I think it would be "prodigious progeny protégé". :)