A public service announcement on behalf of the Campaign For Better Goths.
Prodigy: Really fucking smart kid who can do stuff that you normally can't do unless you're an adult or at least a much older kid.
Protégé: French word, meaning someone who's being protected in some way. Like, by an influential patron who's sorting out your life or your career. Something like that.
See? Different things. Different. Thiiiiinnnngggs. Not interchangeble.
P:S.: You people are pathetic. Yeah, I'm aware that I screw up my spelling and grammar with indecent regularity, but I'm still less of a moron than you lot. I was taught to read and write by a dyslexic cook and I had no conventional schooling between the ages of 6 and 14, so If I know something then everyone ought to know it,* end of. And yet I'M telling YOU stuff? You suck.
P.P.S.: If you don't all learn how to use a bloody apostrophe properly in the next 2 weeks or so, I'm going to track you down to the ends of the earth and force-feed you a Leylandii hedge.
*Unless it involves maths because everyone sucks at that.