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Postby William Hupy » Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:29 pm

Interesting how this word took on its pejorative sense in the late 18th century. Because I am an occasional participant with Dr Goodword am I a word dilettante?
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Re: dilettante

Postby Slava » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:18 pm

William Hupy wrote:...am I a word dilettante?

To avoid the pejorative sense of dilettante, I'd say the vast majority of Agorans are dabblers in language and linguistics.

I can see how the change came about, though. Professionals wouldn't necessarily approve of people getting credit for "liking" art. They need to make it.
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