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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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MegL wrote on May 31, 2018, 5:35 PM

It used to be professional and amateur sports people. Now, everyone is a professional!

VinceSummers wrote on May 31, 2018, 6:14 PM

That's for sure. Even an amateur may be called professional. Rather like sugar being called sour.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 31, 2018, 11:37 PM

I know a lot of professionals, but very few real experts.

Kasman wrote on June 3, 2018, 4:34 PM

I know from my experience with the Aquarist Society of which I am a member that we are not allowed to describe outselves as 'experts' whenever we submit articles (usually how to breed rare species of fish) to the various publications we sometimes favour unless we have professional qualifications and letters after our names yet some of the aquarists writing these reports have decades (in many cases 40+ years) of experience in breeding rare species behind them. If they aren't experts then who is?

VinceSummers wrote on June 3, 2018, 6:52 PM

It is nice if the twain meet.