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Words for Granted

Words for Granted is a podcast that looks at how words change over time. Host Ray Belli uses language--more specifically, individual words--as a way of making connections among history, culture, religion, and society.
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Oct 8, 2016

Amateurs get a bad name. The professional/amateur dichotomy portrays them as inept, inexperienced, and at best, avocational. However, the word "amateur" was not always a part of this dichotomy. In fact, it's derived from the Latin word for "love." Today's episode explores the negative evolution of the word as a product of capitalist values. 

 

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1 Comments
  • two and a half months ago
    Lewis Sage
    I could not agree with you more about the pernicious cultural influence of the capitalist world view - and I say that as a professor of economics. In fact, I would argue for the nobility of the amateur (as opposed to the expert).