I’m a dabster

I’m an expert at seeing the flaws in other people’s reasoning and a bungler in seeing my own flaws.

Although considered a contranym, “dabster” means both expert (UK) and bungler (US) – is not every expert also a bungler? Is the specialist not an over-specialist who is downright incompetent at many an everyday task and all-too-often blind to the basic truths of even his own field of expertise?

At the risk of becoming like Heidegger and considering words to be oracles or founts of secret, deep, and arcane wisdom, I’ll stop.


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