Ultracrepidarian: someone giving opinions on something beyond their knowledge.    The habit of talking constantly about subjects you know little or nothing about.

From the Latin word ultra (beyond) and crepida (slipper, or sandal).

According to legends, a famous Greek painter liked to place his work on display.  He would then hide nearby in order to listen to the inevitable comments.

A passing shoemaker remarked that, in one painting, a figure had the wrong number of straps on his sandal.  Hearing this, the painter fixed the mistake.

The next day, the same shoemaker remarked that the legs of the painting also needed attention from the painter.

At this point, the painter emerged from hiding to tell the shoemaker to stick to his area of expertise.

The story produced a Latin proverb.  Ne supra crepidam sutor iudicaret.  “Let not the cobbler judge beyond the shoe.”  In other words, “Stay in your lane.”


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