In several northern european countries "a Knudsen" is used to describe a person who is trying really hard to excel at something (i.e. chess og pie eating) but whose talent is absolutely hopeless and whose results are embarrasing and a lauging stock by everybody involved. Often it is done by people with an academic career which they believe enables them to take up activities far from their limited abilities.
He really pulled a Knudsen when he started to take up tennis.
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