So how did I end up with the name Ang the Generalist? Realizing that Jill of all trades could potentially be derogatory I started searching for alternative more positive ways of saying the same thing.
My search took me to Wikipedia:
“In Elizabethan English, the quasi-New Latin term Johannes factotum ("Johnny do-it-all") was sometimes used, with the same negative connotation that "Jack of all trades" sometimes has today.”
We can debate the validity of the Wikipedia article but that was good enough for me. Realizing that I wanted my blog to reach as far as possible, I checked the other languages section of that Wikipedia article and the other languages were just as unflattering maybe even worse than in English.
I then considered, how else could I say that I'm skilled in various areas? I thought, general, but that wasn't the right word. Then it came to me, generalist.
So I got to searching. Actually, before I even started searching I had settled on the name Ang the Generalist, but I wanted to make sure I'd spelled it right, so I typed it into Google to check the spelling. But checking the spelling led me to a little research on the word.
The first sign I was heading in the right direction was the definition right at the top of the page: “a person competent in several different fields or activities”.
In my next post, I'll talk about my findings.
Wikipedia. "Jack of All Trades, Master of None." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, 17 Apr. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_of_all_trades,_master_of_none. Accessed 25 Apr. 2018.
Hi I'm Ang the Generalist! I'm a nearly 30 yr old Jamaican woman.
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