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    mechanic vs mechanician

    Are there differences between the words mechanic and mechanician, considered as a profession, regarding usage?

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    Re: mechanic vs mechanician

    The first is a workman, who fixes cars etc. The second is an academic, a physicist.

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    Re: mechanic vs mechanician

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Are there differences between the words mechanic and mechanician, considered as a profession, regarding usage?
    Look here:
    Mechanician - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A mechanic is a tradesperson who work on mechanical things.
    A mechanician is a scientist/physicist/engineer in the specialist field of Mechanics. (I don't think I've heard this term before, but it makes sense).

    It seems to be similar to the difference between a technician and a technologist. (except that the "ician" ending in reversed).

    Then you have physicians, physicists, physiotherapists (physical therapists).

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    Re: mechanic vs mechanician

    Even with the aid of dictionaries (not thecnical ones) I wasn't able to figure out the difference. Thank you very much for your answers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Then you have physicians, physicists, physiotherapists (physical therapists).
    But here the difference seems to be somewhat greater. I always knew physician and physicist mean rather different professions, namely a physician is a medical doctor while a physicist is a physics researcher. These two professions seem to be very different in essence. Maybe they have a common prefix due to a common origin in ancient phylosophy.

    By the way, regarding the term physician for a medical doctor, is it widely used, I mean in everyday English?

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    Re: mechanic vs mechanician

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    By the way, regarding the term physician for a medical doctor, is it widely used, I mean in everyday English?
    Yes, it is. It has two primary meanings.
    i) Any medical doctor. This is a layman's use of the term.
    ii) A specialist in Internal Medicine (as opposed to a surgeon or obstetrician or ophthalmologist, etc.) The basic difference is that a physician is a non-procedural doctor, while a surgeon is a proceduralist. Most general doctors, family physicians, etc. do a little of both, and the basic medical degrees (a double degree) in the British system is a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery - MBBS, MBChB, etc.
    Specialist physicians do most of their work by thinking, while surgeons are basically technicians.

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