|"Bureaucracy is the epoxy that greases the wheels of progress."|
Noun. Plural bureaux, bureaus. Late 17th century.
[French (Old French burel), originally = woollen stuff, baize (used for covering writing-desks),
probably from bure variant of buire dark brown from Proto-Romance alteration of Latin burrus fiery red from Greek purros red.]
1(a) A writing desk with drawers for papers etc. L17
1(b) A chest of drawers. N.American. E19
2 An office, especially for the transaction of public business;
a department of public administration. L17
2(b) An office or business with a specified function;
an agency for the coordination of related activities, the distribution of information, etc. E20
2(b) information bureau, marriage bureau, etc.
bureau de change [French, lit. 'office of exchange'] an establishment at which customers can exchange foreign money.
|"Some third person decides your fate - this is the whole essence of bureaucracy."|
Noun. Also (obsolete) bureaucratie. Early 19th century.
[French bureaucratie: -CRACY.]
(Government by) a central administrative group, especially one not accountable to the public etc.;
officials of such a group collectively; excessive official routine.
|"The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy."|
Noun. Mid-19th century.
French bureaucrate: see BUREAU, -CRAT.]
An official, especially an unimaginative or doctrinaire one, in a bureaucracy;
a person who endeavours to centralize administrative powers.
bureaucratese noun the language or jargon of bureaucrats or bureaucracy. L20
bureaucratic adjective of or pertaining to bureaucracy; excessively concerned with official routine. M19
bureaucratically adverb M19
bureaucratization noun transformation into a bureaucracy; making bureaucratic E20
bureaucratize verb trans. transform into a bureaucracy; make bureaucratic L19
I hate bureaucracy - hate it in all its form-filling, rubber-stamping, paper-filing, put-on-holding, creativity-crushing, work-duplicating, application-denying banality. Even the word irritates me, with bureau, bureaucracy, bureaucrat and all the bureau-derivatives being unfathomably difficult to spell fluidly. As for its derivation, it's beautifully appropriate in the ugliness of its implications - bureau 'desk' and kratia 'power' - the power wielded by faceless, encubicled bureaucrats from their ugly, faux-maple desks. I hate bureaucracy - I hate the way it keeps doctors from their patients, police from the streets and anyone from getting the same answer twice.
Are you a bureaucratizing bureaucrat?
What are the alternatives? Is there an alternative?
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