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I seem to see this word pop up everywhere lately but (and I don't know whether it's just from growing up on an isolated continent) I've no idea what a Maven is...

Anyone wanna enlighten me?

Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author Collesseum
    Hi Andrew,

    I'll see if I can shed some light my friend!

    My understanding of "Maven" or "Mavin" is along the lines of a Guru... It's someone who is a "Trusted" expert in their field (much like myself )

    A leader who seeks out and passes his/her knowledge onto others and one that never stops learning in their journey.

    Regards,
    Peter Colless

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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    Sounds like a "female" sounding name..

    I will be slightly weirded out if a guy calls himself the "marketing maven". Marketing guru is ok, but i think maven should be left for the ladies.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ray Erdmann
      Originally Posted by asianlunatic View Post

      Sounds like a "female" sounding name..

      I will be slightly weirded out if a guy calls himself the "marketing maven". Marketing guru is ok, but i think maven should be left for the ladies.
      Funny..the word "maven" alone didn't ring a bell...until I saw you reference to "Marketing Maven"...Which I've actually heard before....however, that was a long a$$ time ago....and it was in reference to someone being like the local authority in a given field or on a given subject.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Alexander
    It's an expert, isnt it? Didn't it come from the field of stock trading?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
    Originally Posted by AndrewHansen View Post

    I seem to see this word pop up everywhere lately but (and I don't know whether it's just from growing up on an isolated continent) I've no idea what a Maven is...

    Anyone wanna enlighten me?

    Andrew
    You poor Aussie hick. Even our small island isn't that isolated.
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    • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
      "Maven" is Yiddish for expert or know-it-all.

      I'll never forget the time my husband came home from work and asked me, "What does it mean, 'schlepp'?"

      It cracked me up, because his boss was Irish.

      In certain portions of the country and in certain industries, people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds use Yiddish words because they are so vivid and colorful.

      Chutzpah
      Goniff
      Schmuck
      Kerflooey
      Tchotchke

      Etc.

      And by the way, "maven" is not either masculine or feminine.

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  • Profile picture of the author DotComBum
    Maven is a person higher in rank than an expert, that's all
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewHansen
      Riight, now I feel better

      Kevin,

      It must be a Ma-be-n in Katakana right?

      To me the word sounds like some kind of exotic bird..

      And Yiddish huh.. Who'd have thunk?

      Alright, back to work

      Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author d3sign3r
    I've heard this word before.. but thanks everyone for the detailed explanation on it. I'm gonna use this as a keyword probably..
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Alexander
    so when can we expect to see the first 'super-maven'?
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  • Profile picture of the author mrsteady
    A very quick google just returned this:
    Definitions of maven on the Web:
    • ace: someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
      wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
    • Stan Fischler (born March 31, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York) is a hockey and New York City Subway historian, broadcaster, author and professor.
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maven
    • Maven is the current best known artificial intelligence Scrabble player, created by Brian Sheppard. It has been used in official licensed Hasbro Scrabble games, and the downloadable Funkitron Scrabble.
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maven_(Scrabble)
    • Maven Klint Huffman (born November 26 1976) is a former middle school teacher and professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) between October 2001 and July 5 2005 under the name Maven. In 2008 he became a guest expert on the Home Shopping Network.
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maven_(wrestler)
    • A maven (also mavin) is a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others.
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maven
    • A self-styled expert in a given field
      en.wiktionary.org/wiki/maven
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