I heard the following phrase in movies:

-- Do you know how to use A?

-- I am a f****g surgeon with A

I like it a lot, but I can imagine a lot of people will not understand the meaning.

I would like to ask for something polite enough, that I could use in a cover letter.

In my country we say "A is like my right hand", but I do not remember anybody say that in English.

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I'm an expert at using A.

I'm an expert in terms of using A.

seem polite enough.

  • I considered this, but it seems to imply that you specialize in A, and that you are possibly not very good at other things. Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 14:18
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    @MartinDrozdik why does being "a f ___ (brain) surgeon at A" mean you are equally capable of doing other things? Being as good as a "brain surgeon" in a particular field means you are specialized. Otherwise why would the expression exist?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 14:41
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    @MartinDrozdik Wrong. There is no such negative implication with the word 'expert'. Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 17:24

adept — very skilled or proficient at something

This is a very good word.

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An "Americanism" from the Washington Times:

Employee' needs more training Oct 5, 2006 - He's a scanner-gun-toting cowboy who works the register like Bill Clinton works a crowd. Like Bill Clinton

And here are a few nouns that should be serviceable,

prodigy noun: plural noun: prodigies

• a person, especially a young one, endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities. "a Russian pianist who was a child prodigy in his day" synonyms: genius, mastermind, virtuoso, wunderkind, wonder child, boy wonder, girl wonder

• an impressive or outstanding example of a particular quality. "Germany seemed a prodigy of industrial discipline"

synonyms: model, classic example, paragon, paradigm, epitome, exemplar, archetype; see, Google prodigy

genius noun:; plural noun: geniuses

  1. exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability. "she was a teacher of genius"

synonyms: brilliance, intelligence, intellect, ability, cleverness, brains, erudition, wisdom, fine mind; see, Google genius

savant noun:; plural noun: savants

a learned person, especially a distinguished scientist.

synonyms: intellectual, scholar, sage, philosopher, thinker; see, Google savant

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    I wouldn't use the terms genius, nor prodigy in a cover letter.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 14:44
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    @Mari-LouA I guess that rules out virtuoso, magician, diva and whiz too, then. Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 17:03

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