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1. The Word of the Day is
adjective: Giving opinions beyond one's area of expertise.
noun: One who gives opinions beyond one's area of expertise.
From Latin ultra (beyond) + crepidarius (shoemaker), from crepida (sandal).
The meaning of this word comes from a story in antiquity, in which the famed Greek painter Apelles one day heard a cobbler criticizing the way he, Apelles, had rendered a foot in a painting. Apelles then said that when it comes to feet, the shoemaker "shouldn’t render an opinion beyond the sole," or similar words to that same devastating effect. Zing!
3. The reason I looked up today's word is:
There are times when we need a word, the perfect word, to describe and disarm a person who gets on our very last nerve.
"I dream of a world where we can sort out our differences by calling someone names instead of pulling out a gun and shooting." --Anu Garg
Shockingly precise insults: https://wordsmith.org/words/ultracrepidarian.html