User Chimerical05 has just tagged this term as US but I'm from Australia and use it all the time. Can we have some sort of reference to back this up please? — Hippietrail 17:30, 24 January 2006 (UTC)
The use of the term "self-styled" seems pejorative, as though a maven is somehow only expert in their own opinion. I'm Canadian, and the word is common here, perhaps with a slight hint of camp to it, but certainly not with the implication of delusional tendencies. There's the lovely shade of the raven about the word, a keen-sighted bone-picker.
Definition of maven
Perhaps it's implied meaning has changed, but the term maven, in its original Yiddish, is pejorative. It means a "self-proclaimed expert." The closest term in English, I believe, is a "know-it-all." 22.214.171.124 04:53, 25 February 2011 (UTC)Barry Hirsch