jack of all trades and master of none

Jack is used here in the sense of unskilled worker, as contrasted with a master of a trade who had completed an apprenticeship.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 3051 Jack of all Trades is of no Trade.

1804 M. EDGEWORTH ‘The Will’ in Popular Tales ii. 152 ‘How comes it that I am so unlucky?’ ‘Jack of all trades, and master of none!’ said Goodenough, with a sneer.

1878 S. WALPOLE History of England I. 311 It would be unfair to say of Lord Brougham that he was ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’.

1987 O. S. CARD Seventh Son (1988) vi. 47 To have every possible skill..and to have it in exactly even proportions. Far from being average, the child was extraordinary..Jack of all trades and master of none? Or master of all?

2002 Oxford Times Weekend 9 He is quick to point out that the reverse side of the renaissance man is jack of all trades, who, as we all know, is often considered a master of none.


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