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Most commonly an amateur is understood to be someone who does something without pay or formal training. Conversely, a professional is someone who has received training in a particular area and who also makes a living from it. The word comes from French, and can be translated as "lover of", reflecting the amateur's motivation to work as a result of a love or passion for a particular activity. Amateur is a 1995 film by Hal Hartley starring Isabelle Huppert Martin Donovan Elina Löwensohn Donovan plays Thomas, an amnesiac trying to put his life back together, who meets an ex-nun (Huppert) writing pornographic stories though shes in fact a virgin. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... This article is about people called professionals. ...

As with any construct, amateurism can be seen in both a negative and positive light. Since amateurs often do not have training, amateur work can sometimes be seen as sub-par. For example, amateur athletes in sports such as basketball or football are not regarded as having the same level of ability as professional athletes. A sportsperson (British and American English) or athlete (principally American English) is any person who participates regularly in a sport. ... This article is about the sport. ... Football is the name given to a number of different team sports. ...

Alternatively, the lack of financial recompense can also be seen as a sign of commitment to an activity. For instance, until the 1970s most Olympic events required that the athletes be amateurs. Receiving payment to participate in an event disqualified an athlete from that event, as in the case of Jim Thorpe. This rule remains in place for boxing and football events. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... For other uses, see Jim Thorpe (disambiguation). ... For other senses of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ...

Amateurs make valuable contributions in the fields of computer programming through the open source movement. Amateur dramatics is the performance of either plays or musical theater, often to high standards but lacking the budgets of the professional West End or Broadway performances. Astronomy and ornithology have also benefited from the activity of amateurs. Another example is in the music industry wih artists like the amateur electronic musician, dj piskku. He upload his music on his hi5 profile(http://mymusicpiskku.hi5.com) so anybody can download it free of charge. Programming redirects here. ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... Amateur Dramatics is how Community Theater is referred to in the UK. Categories: Theatre stubs ... For other uses, see Play (disambiguation). ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... For other uses, see Astronomy (disambiguation). ... This article is about the field of zoology. ...

Pursuing amateur activities to the same standards as professionals is sometimes referred to as professional amateurism.

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Amateur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (400 words)
For example, amateur athletes in sports such as basketball or football would not be regarded as having ability on par with professional athletes in those sports.
(See amateurism.) In this sense, retaining its French inflexion ("am-a-tEUR"), an amateur may be as competent as a paid professional, yet is motivated by a love or passion for the activity, like a connoisseur.
A historical shift is occurring with the rise of Pro-Ams, a new category of people that are pursuing amateur activities to professional standards.
Go ranks and ratings - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2755 words)
In the kyu and amateur dan ranks, the difference in ranks is a good guide to how many handicap stones may be given to adjust the game for a more even struggle.
To distinguish between amateur 5 dan and pro 5 dan the former is often written 5d and the latter 5p; this is not generally used as an abbreviation beyond the Internet, where it is common, but not universal.
In China a few amateurs are given the 1p grade as probationers, on the basis of success in amateur tournaments.
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