Off topic: What is the difference between specialism and speciality?
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Rachael Clayton  Identity Verified
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Jun 6

And specialty?

I thought that translators have specialisms but Proz calls them specialties. Not that it really matters, I'm just curious.

[Edited at 2019-06-06 20:46 GMT]


 

The Misha
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Oh, it's the same thing as with community and communism Jun 7

The particularly advanced and progressive folks call it community these days, but it's really about communism. Same thing:)

 

Jennifer Caisley  Identity Verified
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Good question! Jun 7

I'd tend to say that I have a 'specialism' rather than a 'speciality', but this has got me thinking why exactly that is!

I'm fairly certain, though, that 'speciality' and 'specialty' are simply UK and US variants of each other.


 

Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
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US/UK difference Jun 7

As far as I know, specialism is used in the UK, while specialty is used in the US. I am from the US and only use specialty.

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IrinaN
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I cook one of my specialties Jun 7

Before starting a long and hard work on one of my specialisms, to reward myself later:-)

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Kay Denney  Identity Verified
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Having put zero research into the matter, I prefer to talk about my "specialist fields/subjects", and the fact that I'm a "translator specialising in (whatever the client wants me to translate)".
I'm British but I don't like the word specialism.


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Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
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Agree w/Kay Jun 8

Despite what I said above, I don't think I would use specialty in this case, either. "I am a translator specializing in X" is how I would typically put it...or (more likely), "My areas of expertise are such-and-such" - but I would never use the word "specialism" at all, in any circumstances. It simply doesn't exist in my vocabulary, nor have I ever heard it used by other Americans.

 

Rachael Clayton  Identity Verified
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Glad to have interested you! Jun 9

Jennifer Caisley wrote:

I'd tend to say that I have a 'specialism' rather than a 'speciality', but this has got me thinking why exactly that is!

I'm fairly certain, though, that 'speciality' and 'specialty' are simply UK and US variants of each other.


I think you are correct. It's strange though because 'speciality' feels more formal to me, maybe because it takes slightly more effort to pronounce


 

Rachael Clayton  Identity Verified
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Sounds tasty! Jun 9

IrinaN wrote:

Before starting a long and hard work on one of my specialisms, to reward myself later:-)


That's a good way of putting it. Food for thought.


 

Rachael Clayton  Identity Verified
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Thank you Jun 9

A whole of array of opinions and until today I had not thought of specialisation/specialization.

 


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