The meaning of, and background to, the well-known expression "A jack of all trades and master of none.

Well-Known Expressions

A jack of all trades and master of none

Meaning:

A person who has a familiarity with many areas of expertise but isn't a master of any of them.

Background:

The first recorded use of this expression is in Essays and Characters of a Prison by Geffray Mynshul (1612).

Similar sentiments are expressed in other languages such as 'tout savoir est ne rien savoir' (to know everything is to know nothing - French), and apprendiz de todo, oficial de nada (Spanish).

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