The Difference Between Professional and Expert
I'm always expounding about the poor word usage of people in general. Not that I expect perfection. "Lord knows" I'm far from perfect. And I pen my fair share of word errors. But some expressions particularly "get my goat".
One of those goat getting utterances is, "Oh, I don't let just anyone do it. I always seek the advice of a professional!" What they should mean and say is, "I always seek the advice of an expert!"
What's the difference?
An expert is one who has a complete range of skills honed to a high degree in the endeavor for which you seek their services.
A professional is anyone who charges money. Hey! A snake oil salesmen charges. A fortune teller charges. Probably even a Witch Doctor charges.
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