Once, under duress, I had to read a self-published ebook about, let's say, psychology. (I've changed that detail to protect the shameless.) The book was a deeply terrible and profoundly useless rambling through psychological concepts, as if the author had said to himself, "Who needs an education, a degree, experience, or research? I'll just sit down in my armchair and tell everyone what's what. My word will be final."
Let's start with the familiar word "cathedral."
"So much that is wrong with writing instruction is wrong because a single person's beliefs have somehow been elevated to ex cathedra pronouncements and passed along from teacher to teacher and from teacher to student through generation after generation, without ever being challenged, without ever being tested against experience, without ever really being thought about."
Explain the meaning of "ex cathedra" without saying "done with grand authority" or "said as if from on high."
Fill in the blanks: "(Someone) will issue, ex cathedra, a (certain kind of) pronouncement about the state of (some profession or sphere of interest)."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. A close opposite of EX CATHEDRA is
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