an armchair critic

an armchair critic

a person who knows about a subject only by reading or hearing about it and criticizes without active experience or first-hand knowledge.
The phrase armchair critic is first recorded in 1896 , but the concept was around at least a decade earlier: in 1886 Joseph Chamberlain sneered at opponents as ‘arm-chair politicians’. Another common variant is armchair traveller , meaning ‘someone who travels in their imagination only’.
See also: armchair, critic
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So if you are an Armchair Critic reading this right now, I just want to say: keep up the fine work.
Thank you BBC Good Food ME for helping me - an armchair critic and novice cook - prepare a wonderful birthday dinner for my health conscious wife.
It is so easy to be an armchair critic and do nothing to try and put right the things that are perceived as being wrong in our community.
I'd always been an armchair critic of previous contestants and I wanted to see if I could do better.
And then the words started flowing from the man who, after not being given a wild card, was an armchair critic for the first time since 1989.
And then the words started flowing from the man who after not being given a wild card was an armchair critic for the first time since 1989.
It's easy to be an armchair critic, but what's your feeling on this so far?
Cllr Phil Townshend (Lab, Lower Stoke) said: "This is your chance to have your say and make a difference to your local community, so don't be an armchair critic, come and tell us face to face what you really think.
And John Simon has been known to pop in and dish the turkeys with Rozanne, who is something of an armchair critic herself.
They will absolutely view this sculpture with eyes different from those of an armchair critic - much as Vietnam War veterans may look differently at that heart-wrenching wall honoring them or as AIDS patients may avert their eyes rather than look at the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Faldo was taken to task in some quarters, with Colin Montgomerie weighing in yesterday after not being given a wild card and taking the role of an armchair critic for the first time since 1989.
I am still too active to give myself the luxury of being an armchair critic but even excellent world-class institutions such as Cardiff Business School have tended to ignore the simple fact that has overtaken the teaching strategies of most academic institutions, namely that the SME sector now employs well over half the workforce within the private sector in the UK.
It had to be absolutely bang-on right," said the Scot, an armchair critic for once after not being given a wild card.