[Ads-l] "malpractice" = incompetence

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sun Jun 5 16:20:55 UTC 2016

When he does it (unprofessionally), it's malpractice; when he doesn't do it (professionally) it's incompetence.

Actually, like OED 1.b -- and perhaps like a jury would -- I see the two as close with respect to professional (mis)conduct.


      From: Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
 Sent: Sunday, June 5, 2016 12:14 PM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] "malpractice" = incompetence
See OED3 sense 1b (with cites back to 1861): "More generally: incompetence,
negligence, or unethical conduct on the part of any professional person
(esp. a lawyer), official, etc."

Common collocates for "malpractice" in recent years include "educational,"
"journalistic," and "political."

On Sun, Jun 5, 2016 at 11:26 AM, Robin Hamilton <
robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com> wrote:

> A new (to me) sense of “malpractice”, from _Business Insider_:
>        Jeremy Bird, the former grassroots organizing architect of the
> Obama campaigns, told Business Insider that Trump's inability to
> professionalize his campaign — as well as his relative lack of interest in
> voter-targeting data that could            help him identify and turn out
> sympathetic voters in swing states — is "campaign malpractice."
> http://uk.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-polls-electoral-map-2016-5?r=US&IR=T

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