How many of us that are now retired considered ourselves “experts” in our given field during our working lives. Individuals that knew their woodworking capabilities might have been called “Master Woodworkers.” Electricians may have been referred to as “Master Electricians,” and well, you get the picture.
My field was insurance underwriting and after being in the field more than thirty years soon became known as a “Master Underwriter”, in addition to eventually working myself up to Underwriting Manager. As a matter of fact, individuals that pursue insurance as a career often find themselves obtaining their (CPCU®) designation in order to be recognized as an expert in the property and casualty field of insurance.
As mentioned on Wikipedia:
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter
The first one would be a quote from Nicholas Murray Butler
“An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.”
The second version is my comical version of what an “expert” is:
Let’s break the word down:
Take ex or (X) – we all know that usually in many instances, when we see the letter “X” we take it to mean “nothing.”
In doing so, that leaves the second part of the word or “spurt” (pert) and for those of you that do not know what a “spurt” is – it is a drip under pressure. Many of you have already figured out where I am going with this – haven’t you?
Yup, in my present crazy mixed up world, anyone today holding themselves out as an “expert” is basically just a – are you ready for this: A Drip Under Pressure Who Knows Nothing!