Dennis wrote:

> But what does "everyone is ignorant of the craft of another"
> imply in the way of wisdom or good advice??

My guess is something along these lines. Leave it to the professionals.
Have the appropriate respect for learning and qualifications. In 'Bretha
Nemed' it occurs in a passage pointing out that certain privileges are
only appropriate for those (poets) with the requisite training.

I also suspect that it also has some (just a tint) of the colour of the
saying that you shouldn't judge someone until you have walked a mile in
their shoes. That is, that there is often more to a craft, and more
depth to the expert's advice, than meets the layperson's eye. So the
layperson should take that into account and defer as appropriate to the

It is a handy maxim to use when your spouse wants you to fix something
about the house and you would prefer to pay a specialist to come in and
do it so that you can research Old Irish proverbs instead.


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