Another chance to write a post stream of consciousness style based on a prompt provided by the very busy and wonderfully generous Linda Hill.
I am not sure how Webster defines an expert, but I am sure it must reference someone who has a particular expertise in or mastery of some skill or specific knowledge. I am sitting here pondering whether or not I would ever refer to myself as an expert in anything. I have a lot of different skills and consider myself accomplished in some of them, but I fear I fall short of being classified as an expert in any of them
I am always amazed when attorneys consult expert witnesses and bring them in to testify on their client’s behalf. Of course, the opposing attorney will also have an expert witness who has a different opinion and point of view. So, I guess every field could in theory have a number of experts that believe differently.
I remember being on jury duty on 9/11. We were on the top floor of the federal courthouse building which happened to be the tallest building in town at the time. We paced the top floor of the building thinking we would be excused from jury duty because every tall building was considered a potential target at the time.
Of course, that did not happen. The trial was postponed however because all the planes were grounded and the attorneys could not get their expert witnesses into town.
Mom always had her own definition for an expert. She always said, “X is an unknown factor and a spurt is a drip of water under pressure, so therefore an expert is an unknown drip under pressure.”
Now following that definition, I might well be an expert in many things.
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