I just changed part of the description of myself on my Facebook page. I changed the part that reads: technology pundit to technology buff. Buff…? I’m a little bit uneasy about that description. It sounds a bit dated. Maybe too 60’s. But what word to use?
The writer in me, whether the legal, technical, or fiction writer, spends a lot of time searching for the just the right word, the right nuance, for any particular circumstance. Sometimes the right word comes to me in flash of inspiration. Other times I have to sleep on it… several sleeps maybe, and still the word I’ve chosen doesn’t feel or sound right.
I started out by describing my self as a technology maven. Maven. I really like that word. Answers.com defines this Yiddish word as someone who “is more adept than a mere expert, more authoritative than a mere authority, sharper than a pundit, more up-to-date than a past master”. Yeah. That’s me, alright. But maybe it sounds just a little too self-aggrandizing.
Then I changed it to pundit. I like pundit too. But while I can see myself as a person learned in the field of technology, I’m not sure that I’ve met the sense of the word as it is currently used: a source of opinion or criticism. I certainly have my opinions but I haven’t been running off at the mouth on the subject.
So, what does describe me? Aficianado? While I have on occasion been described as having an “intense, occasionally overwhelming liking” of technology, I’ve never run off to start a technology fan club, held technology conventions, created techno-fanzines, written technology articles, or engaged in activities of that type. Well, OK, maybe I have. Unfortunately, I’ve always imagined an aficianado as someone with a pencil thin moustache. Definitely not me.
Then there’s junkie, but I’m not that addicted.
So I think I’ll stick with buff for awhile, anyway. As in “an enthusiast”. (Not to be confused with having great abs, or dispatching vampires.) I truly am enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the subject and while I might not currently be an inventor or developer or even an early adopter myself, I certainly have a need to know what they are all up to.
Well, I’ll sleep on it.