Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)

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Candice A. Donofrio
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I believe the difference is specific vs general.
Incompetent is when you're terrible at one thing, but you might be good at other things.
Inept is when you can't get a damn thing right.

Apr 23, 2016 02:15 AM
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Carol Williams
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I think it's splitting hairs but if I had to venture a guess, I'd say incompetent is a noun and inept is an adjective.  So, you may be dealing with an inept incompetent.

Apr 23, 2016 02:11 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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I've always used them interchangably... usually with the word "bafoon" after it.

Apr 23, 2016 05:23 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Spelling.

Apr 23, 2016 04:43 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Inept means lacks the skills to do the task.

Incompetent means has the skills, just doesn't use them to the fullest potential.

Apr 23, 2016 04:18 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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I'm laughing because this sounds like it might be a Utah real estate student question.

Apr 23, 2016 03:51 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
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I'll go with Roger D. Mucci and Liz and Bill Spear answer! But they are all good responses.

Apr 23, 2016 03:11 AM
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Mimi Foster
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I'M BITING MY TONGUE, KATHLEEN!!!!! 

Apr 23, 2016 02:28 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
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the letters c, o, m, e, n & t

Apr 23, 2016 02:19 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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What Roger D. Mucci said - he beat me to it! 

Apr 23, 2016 11:07 PM
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Lisa Von Domek
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Basically interchangeable...but neither is one anyone would want to be called!

Apr 23, 2016 12:28 PM
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Mary Yonkers
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See Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI comment.

Apr 23, 2016 07:16 AM
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I dont know, I will wait for the big reveal.

Apr 23, 2016 06:24 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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I'm here reading the other answers and really have no clue as to the difference.  (Does that make me inept or incompetent?)

Apr 23, 2016 04:42 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Not good at what you do & not knowing that you are not good at what you do

Apr 23, 2016 04:38 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
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You mean the difference between Trulia & Zillow? And LOL to clever Roger D. Mucci 's comment!

Apr 23, 2016 04:34 AM
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Mike Rock
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seems pretty much the same, the latter sounds meaner :)

Apr 23, 2016 04:20 AM
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Sybil Campbell
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I like agree with Roger and Liz and Bill.

Apr 23, 2016 03:34 AM
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Lyn Sims
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Intent?

Apr 23, 2016 03:29 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
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They can be synonymous, both meaning lack of skill required to accomplish a thing. So what was the surprising answer, Kathleen Daniels

Apr 23, 2016 03:07 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Seems to me they esssentially mean the same - not having the skill of knowledge

Apr 23, 2016 02:16 AM
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Corinne Guest
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Aren't they the same? Not being able to do something? I percieve for both you have the kowledge but not the ability.

Apr 23, 2016 02:03 AM
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Roy Kelley
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Both are appropriate for some real estate agents.

Apr 24, 2016 02:24 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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One you do not know better and the other you just do not want to do it right or do not care to or a mixture of both

Apr 24, 2016 01:13 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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Yikes, yet another country song....

Apr 24, 2016 12:55 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
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Incompetenet - unable to do something

Inept - can do but does poorly

Apr 23, 2016 10:13 PM
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Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

Per Merriam-Webster, they are synonymous. So to sum up, in the words of a childhood friend: same difference. 

Related to incompetent

Synonyms

incapable, inept, inexpert, unable, unfit, unfitted, unqualified, unskilled, unskillful

Apr 23, 2016 10:10 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Kathleen. Hopefully I don't have to deal with folks that fall into either category. Things can be challenges with any additional help.

Apr 23, 2016 08:29 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
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Still very close, no? 

''generally awkward or clumsy; haplessly incompetent.''

Apr 23, 2016 04:37 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Kathleen Daniels - irrespective of the meaning of each word, the result will be a 'mess' when we deal with them....lol!

Apr 23, 2016 04:28 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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Oh geeze...you mean I have to think to answer this question. 

Apr 23, 2016 04:04 PM
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John Pusa
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Kathleen Daniels Both words are very similar.

Apr 23, 2016 01:40 PM
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
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Inept means you do not know how, incompetent means you are not qualified.

Apr 23, 2016 11:30 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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They are synonyms in terms of definitions; do not think there are any connotations with either such as in the case of thin/skinny, for example. Those are also synonyms, but while thin is perceived as positive, skinny is not (too thin). 

Apr 23, 2016 07:58 AM
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The difference lies in the syntax applied. Both pejorative even if applied incompetently.

What these words share in common is they always describes the other side.

So just substitute "Not Me'" and everything intended as been said.

As in 'She is so "Not me!"

Apr 23, 2016 04:53 AM
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Kathleen, to me incompetent is someone who has absolutely no clue what he/she is doing; inept is when someone may know what should be done but is horribly amateurish in trying to accomplish the task at hand.  That is my take.

Apr 23, 2016 03:16 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Are you talking about a friend of mine.

Apr 26, 2016 12:07 AM