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In a tongue-in-cheek communique', I wish to say something to the effect of:

"But in the absence of such an actual expert, I have learned that the above is a losing battle. I am being dragged, kicking and screaming, into widget expertcy."

But I don't think 'expertcy' is truly cromulent. 'Expertdom', maybe?

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  • There are terms specific to fields -even humorous. Is there an arena of 'expertise' associated?
    – Third News
    May 7 '14 at 21:00
  • Not in this instance, no. May 7 '14 at 21:01
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    There goes my dream of using 'hamartiologist';-)
    – Third News
    May 7 '14 at 21:11
  • I just recently learned the word 'hamartia', Third News. :) #TheFaultInOurStars May 7 '14 at 21:13
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Consider "expertise."

expertise: expert advise or opinion; skill or knowledge in a particular area

"But in the absence of such an actual expert, I have learned that the above is a losing battle. I am being dragged, kicking and screaming, into widget expertise."

Alternately, "expertism" might also work for what you're looking for.

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  • Yes I did consider that... but expertise is a thing unto itself, not the state of being an expert. Regardless, I will accept your answer if nothing else comes along that supports my intentionally-quirky sentence. May 7 '14 at 20:48
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For the exact case you specify, being a "widget guru" or guru-dom is used a lot.

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Try

I am being dragged, kicking and screaming, into widgetary omniscience.

(I have a cat called Widget, so I consider myself something of an expert on those grounds alone. :-)

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I think maybe you want an authority. Because their opinion is authoritative.

able to be trusted as being accurate or true; reliable.

If it is meant to be funny/sarcastic then I would go with master/kingdom.

You can also consider bravura which is a bit of a funny word and would probably only be used in jest for everyday dialogue.

great skill, enthusiasm, and confidence

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  • I was going for quirky humor, but I failed to explain that. I'll fix my question. May 7 '14 at 20:51
  • @RyanV.Bissell - added a sarcastic bit. May 7 '14 at 20:58
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A person who is an expert is accomplished in their field of expertise. Less used is the term au fait or fully informed; in touch or expert

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