Word Of The Day 4-1-2017

ultracrepidarian

[uhl-truh-krep-i-dair-ee-uh n]

Noun

Adjective


Definition

noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise. 


Example

The play provides a classic, simplistic portrayal of an ultracrepidarian mother-in-law.

“The authors of Freakonomics … could be accused of displaying ultracrepidarian tendencies themselves, after eschewing the strictly economic analyses of their earlier mega best-sellers to publish what is more or less a self-help tome.”
Tim Walker; The Freak Show Goes On And On; The Independent (London, UK); May 23, 2014.

Origin

From Latin ultra (beyond) + crepidarius (shoemaker), from crepida (sandal). Earliest documented use: 1819.

 Did You Know?

The story goes that in ancient Greece there was a renowned painter named Apelles who used to display his paintings and hide behind them to listen to the comments. Once a cobbler pointed out that the sole of the shoe was not painted correctly. Apelles fixed it and encouraged by this the cobbler began offering comments about other parts of the painting. At this point the painter cut him off with “Ne sutor ultra crepidam” meaning “Shoemaker, not above the sandal” or one should stick to one’s area of expertise.
Addition: The story was told by the Roman writer Pliny the Elder, hence Latin.

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