Off topic: What is the difference between specialism and speciality?
Thread poster: Rachael Clayton

Rachael Clayton  Identity Verified
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Jun 6, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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.


 

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US/UK difference Jun 7, 2019

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.

Rachael Clayton
 

IrinaN
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I cook one of my specialties Jun 7, 2019

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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. Jun 8, 2019

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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IrinaN
Rachael Clayton
 

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Agree w/Kay Jun 8, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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

 


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