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Words for Granted - An etymology and linguistics podcast

Words for Granted is a podcast that looks at how words change over time. Host Ray Belli uses etymology as a way of examining broader changes in history, culture, religion, and more.
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Oct 8, 2016

The professional/amateur dichotomy portrays amateurs as inept and inexperienced, but amateurs haven’t always had a bad name. In fact, ‘amateur’ 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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  • three and a half years 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).
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