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    expert vs specialist

    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?

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    Re: expert vs specialist

    Quote Originally Posted by leolyy View Post
    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?

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    In many cases, the words can be used interchangeably. Normally, one who specializes in a certain field can be expected to have a great deal of expertise. In clinical medicine, for example, the experts are certified as specialists.

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    Re: expert vs specialist

    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.

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    Re: expert vs specialist

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    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.
    That's true, but many people believe that one is an expert just because of one university degree or another. That degree may or may not confer expertise.

    Both words can be misused.
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    Re: expert vs specialist

    True. I get my truck fixed at a repair shop that specializes in foriegn and domestic vehicles.


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    Re: expert vs specialist

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In many cases, the words can be used interchangeably. Normally, one who specializes in a certain field can be expected to have a great deal of expertise. In clinical medicine, for example, the experts are certified as specialists.
    Thanks for the reply, Mike. what's the meaning of your last sentence? the experts are certified and supposed to be called 'specialist'?


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    Re: expert vs specialist

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    True. I get my truck fixed at a repair shop that specializes in foriegn and domestic vehicles.
    hi mykwyner, do you mean that the word 'expert' or 'specialize' has been abused at many places? is that because people usually want to be titled expert and so there come lots of 'experts', and some of them do not really deserve?

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    Re: expert vs specialist

    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.

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    Re: expert vs specialist

    Quote Originally Posted by leolyy View Post
    Thanks for the reply, Mike. what's the meaning of your last sentence? the experts are certified and supposed to be called 'specialist'?
    You're welcome.

    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.


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    Re: expert vs specialist

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Once the exam is passed, he becomes board certified as a specialist in that field.
    i've to say that i'm still a little confused because the usage of certify in the last sentence, is it "some one be certified as a new gained title"? if so, do you mean that before his passing the exam, he cannot be called 'specialist'?

    chengwei liu
    Last edited by leolyy; 20-Oct-2006 at 16:14.

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