ultracrepidarian love



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  • n. One who displays traits of ultracrepidarianism.
  • adj. Of a critic, giving opinions on something beyond his or her knowledge.


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Latin; see Ultracrepidarianism.


  • “Deputies voted 494 to 36 on Tuesday to ban Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses from state schools and threaten pupils who insisted on wearing them with expulsion.” c/o Byce, the ultracrepidarian commentator

    No Kippas In the Classroom | Jewschool

  • And anyone who naysays this proposition is merely an addlepated ultracrepidarian!

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 3


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  • Rolig has the story of Apelles and the shoemaker right but is a bit off on the proverb. In his entertaining book Amo, Amas, Amat, and More, Eugene Ehrlich gives it as ne supra crepidam sutor iudicaret, literally "the cobbler should not judge above the sandal," or more poetically, "Cobbler, stick to your last." — The Orthoepist

    September 16, 2010

  • JM is planning to start a new political group - The Ultracrepidarian Party - should be a cert in the next election.

    April 13, 2010

  • This word, though virtually unused and only marginally functional, has an interesting history (which I gather after a short web search). It comes from the Latin proverb, ne sutor ultra crepidam: "The shoemaker should not go beyond his last." The story goes that the great Greek painter Apelles overheard a cobbler saying that he had depicted the shoes incorrectly in one one of his pictures. Apelles took note of this and thanked the cobbler. But then the cobbler started criticizing other aspects of the painting, to which Apelles replied, "Let not the shoemaker go beyond the shoes."

    Both the great Russian poet Pushkin and the Slovene romantic poet France Prešeren wrote excellent epigrams on this theme, in which they used Apelles' retort to respond to their critics.

    August 14, 2008

  • Of somebody who gives opinions on matters beyond his knowledge.

    November 5, 2007