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it seems that 'expert' is often used to title the persons who are proficient in a certain area, while 'specialist' is a word in a more ordinary way, is this right?
A specialist can still be bad at what he does, an expert cannot.
Just because you specialize in something, doesn't make you an expert.
Last edited by MikeNewYork; 19-Oct-2006 at 01:19.
True. I get my truck fixed at a repair shop that specializes in foriegn and domestic vehicles.
Yes, exactly. Expert is one of those titles that only has value if it is given to you by others. If you call yourself an expert, as many people do, then you risk being called a "so-called expert" or a "self-proclaimed expert." However, these are just observations of culturally-acceptable modesty, and not rules of language usage.
The sentence about getting my truck fixed was supposed to be a joke. A vehicle can be either foreign (Yes, I do know how to spell it) or domestic. If you fix both types, as my mechanic's sign says he does, then how could that be specializing? Actually, the full text of his sign says"
"Specializing in minor and major repairs on foreign and domestic vehicles"
If you do everything, then by definition you are not specializing.
I always ask him if he has added something to his list of specializations, and he never gets the joke.
A doctor does lengthy residency training in a particular field of medicine to become an expert in that field. He then must pass an examination in order to demonstrate expertise in that field. Once the exam is passed, he becomes board certified as a specialist in that field.
Last edited by leolyy; 20-Oct-2006 at 16:14.