Skip to main content

Has the meaning of amateur changed?

David Brooks writes in the New York Times:
Over the decades, the word amateur changed its meaning. It used to convey a moral sensibility, but now it conveys an economic one: not getting paid.
Source: 'The Amateur  Ideal'

Brooks is referring to university sport in the USA but has their been a more general change? Is amateur now used largely in a pejorative way - as in 'amateur hour'?

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What is Globish?

Globish is a term invented by a French business man, Jean-Paul Nerriere. It has gained academic respectability, with a leading linguist, Robert McCrum, devoting a book to it.

Which language has the most words?