Amateur


Amateur is a word borrowed from French, an entry that was present in that language since the fifteenth century, after replacing the popular form “amaor”, which derives from the Latin “amator” which means “one who loves”; then in the eighteenth century that was given a modern meaning alluding to one who practices a science, art, sport, etc. without having to be a professional for it, but it was not until the 19th century that the amateur entry was implanted as a sports term. Today an amateur is understood as that amateur who has a distinguished taste for a particular activity, which can include a sport, art or science of a non-professional nature and who also does not obtain material benefits from said activity.

The Spanish royal academy recently added the word to its dictionary, giving it three possible meanings that allude to an amateur or some activity that is practiced or practiced in a non-professional way.

The word is not related to the level of suitability or training in a given activity, rather it refers to the motivation for which it is carried out. On the other hand, a professional activity generally requires a minimum level of preparation, training or knowledge in order to be able to practice it in a social way, which the amateur normally does not comply with. However, both practices are related in terms of the maximum level individually attainable in these senses, only limited by the dedication and the will that each one decides to give it.

At present, it could be said that the number of amateur activities has been growing, a great tangible example of this lies in computing that could be represented in the numerous websites that are dedicated to the most diverse disciplines and activities erected for nonprofit purposes. profit, in addition to the development of numerous operating systems or the work contributed by users on such websites.