Leave Me Alone(The Sesquipedantic Ultracrepidarian Gongoozler Song)
I always had it in mind to write a song about 'gongoozlers' because I was rather taken by the word itself - a gongoozler being an idle spectator who enjoys spending long periods of time watching activities on the canals. Just as the song was approaching completion the word 'ultracrepidarian' cropped up on the TV programme 'Countdown'. An ultracrepidarian is a person who offers opinions on matters beyond his or her knowledge. Ultracrepidarian is from the Latin phrase ultra crepidam, literally 'beyond the sole'. This is a reference to a remark by the Greek painter Apelles, whose work had been criticised by a shoemaker. Apelles responded, "The cobbler shouldn't judge beyond his sandals." This has become a proverb in English "Cobbler, stick to your last". I was challenged to get the word 'ultracrepidarian' into the song and then when I had done so was accused of being sesquipedantic, i.e. given to using long words. So that word found its way into the song as well! Long explanation, long words, long song . . . sorry!