Olympic hockey now a long way from amateur

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The French, comme d’habitude, have le mot juste to describe something. The case at hand is the word “amateur.”

For those born with an anglo tongue, “amateur” means many things, from the affirmative (“She’s an amateur historian,”) to the less flattering, often referring to one with dubious claims to professional competence (“What an amateur!”).