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No Place For Amateurs
A professional disdains amateur incursions on his field.
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(permanent link) added: 2013-01-22 04:49:17 sponsor: SteveMB (last reply: 2013-01-26 09:23:22)

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When an outsider gets involved in some specialized endeavor, the professionals sometimes object, regarding the amateurs as (at best) wasting their time or (at worst) creating active impediments to their work.

Note that in some cases, the professionals are right. That doesn't keep the situation from falling into this trope -- it's about the attitude expressed, not the underlying facts of the situation.


  • Occasionally crops up in just about any story featuring an Amateur Sleuth (e.g. the patronizing attitude of the official police toward Sherlock Holmes in some stories).

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