APPARATCHIK [ah-puh-RAH-chik] : a bureaucrat or functionary; a part of the apparatus


We don’t often stumble across words in American English which come to us from the Russian language. But apparatchik is clearly one of note.   I found it in a New York Times article, where the author had referred to people who watch over the shoulder of a government official, just waiting for him to make […]

BUREAUCRAT: An official who is rigidly devoted to the details of administrative procedure.

My parents were both bureaucrats.  They were elected officials who served in low-level government positions which required them to have more than a working knowledge of laws, rules and protocols.  Their jobs were to enforce those regulations with citizens who came through their respective doors seeking licenses, permissions, and authorizations.  While they were respected in […]