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From Now On You Can Call Me The Anti-ultracrepidarian

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on 29/04/2012

ul·tra·crep·i·dar·i·an [uhl-truh-krep-i-dair-ee-uhn]
adjective 1. noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise: The play provides a classic, simplistic portrayal of an ultracrepidarian mother-in-law.

1800–20; ultra- + Latin crepidam ‘sole of a shoe, sandal’ (< Greek krepis ‘shoe’); in allusion to the words of Pliny the Elder ne supra crepidam sutor judicare ‘let the cobbler not judge above the sandal’; cf. the English proverb “let the cobbler stick to his last”.

With thanks to Alastair Roberts for telling me about this delightful word which perfectly summarizes the concept of dilettantism.

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  1. […] Deliberatefraudists: Smackdown in the BlogosphereApril 29, 2012 By James F. McGrath Leave a CommentJim West posted the following definition in a post in which he defined himself as an anti-ultracrepi…:ul·tra·crep·i·dar·i·an [uhl-truh-krep-i-dair-ee-uhn] adjective 1. noting or pertaining to a […]


  2. James F. McGrath said, on 29/04/2012 at 11:46 pm

    I’m so relieved to hear that you won’t be commenting on matters of modern biology and related scientific fields any longer! ;-)


    • Jim said, on 30/04/2012 at 4:19 am

      i’ve never commented on them specifically nor have i blathered on about the ‘who gives a rip’ evolution stuff. my comments about such insignificant matters is always either mocking or derisive, certainly not debate.


      • James F. McGrath said, on 30/04/2012 at 7:25 am

        What makes your comments not specific? At any rate, I fail to see the distinction you are trying to make, or how your mockery as a dilettante in the domain of science fails to make you a hypocrite when you criticize those who do the very same thing in Biblical studies.

        Mockery and sarcasm are not superior to debate, as though by not engaging in the latter you are doing better than those you criticize. I really don’t understand how you can think this is OK.


        • Jim said, on 30/04/2012 at 7:27 am

          it’s ok if you don’t like my mockery or can’t understand the distinction between mockery and debate.


          • James F. McGrath said, on 30/04/2012 at 7:46 am

            I understand the distinction between mockery and debate. What I do not understand is how engaging in one in relation to a field not your own and which you poorly comprehend makes you a dilettante while engaging in the other does not.


            • Jim said, on 30/04/2012 at 8:09 am

              a dilettante is a person who believes themselves qualified to offer an opinion on a subject when they aren’t adequately qualified. i hold no such opinion of myself concerning sciency stuff. to put it plainly, i never pretend to be a scientist in the way simcha pretends to be a scholar/archaeologist. etc.


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