Tuesday, March 27, 2007
A man from our village wrote an encyclopaedia – literally wrote it in longhand - copying and pasting (the traditional way i.e. with scissors and glue) the pictures into it.
Totally but wonderfully impractical and the very essence of the true meaning of the word amateur.
Amateur in its original sense* meant somebody who does something purely for the love of it, not for gain or profit, and did not originally have the derogative connotation that we mainly associate with the word today.
So in that true sense of the word, I’m proud to admit that I’m an amateur.
*French, from Latin amātor, lover, from amāre, to love.