Being funny is just as rare a skill as a facility for brain surgery, playing the piano, chess, or advanced mathematics.
skill as a scientist and skill as a writer rarely inhabit the same person, but when they do, the results can be incredible.
She still has the skill to make women laugh, cry, and identify.
late 12c., "power of discernment," from Old Norse skil "distinction, ability to make out, discernment, adjustment," related to skilja (v.) "to separate; discern, understand," from Proto-Germanic *skaljo- "divide, separate" (cf. Swedish skäl "reason," Danish skjel "a separation, boundary, limit," Middle Low German schillen "to differ," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schele "separation, discrimination;" see shell (n.)). Sense of "ability, cleverness" first recorded early 13c.