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Re: USAGE: Amateurs (was: Language of saurian/reptilian beings)

From:Davis, Iain E. <feaelin@...>
Date:Friday, September 27, 2002, 15:18
> -----Original Message----- > From: Jan van Steenbergen [mailto:ijzeren_jan@YAHOO.CO.UK] > Sent: Friday, 2002 September 27 9:30 > To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU > Subject: [CONLANG] USAGE: Amateurs (was: Language of > saurian/reptilian beings) > > > --- John Cowan wrote: > > > Mild usage note: In English, "amateur" implies that one actually > > practices the art mentioned: an "amateur poet" is not > merely one who > > loves poetry, but one who actually writes poems, though not > for money. > > It may also suggest incompetence in the art, but by no means > > necessarily so. > > In such a case one would rather call somebody a "dilettant", > I believe.
Dilettante is interesting becauses it either indicates admiration of "the arts" or an art, but has a second meaning that indicates the person "dabbles" or "has a superficial interest in an art or branch of knowledge" (merriam-webster). Both meanings probably apply to me with several branches of knowledege. ;)