Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Despotic

Wednesday mornings are our weekly staff meetings - we take turns brining breakfast, socialize for a bit, give our weekly updates, plan out what the next week holds, go over out of office time, and conference in Lafayette and Amelia. This morning we were informed that Lafayette would no longer be a part of our meetings. Hmmm...this raised a few eyebrows. Our manager explained that there were some differences of opinion and to get to the point our manager was, in no direct manner, referred to as despotic. Now I like to think that I have a pretty good vocabulary, but when I hear a word I don't know I am very quick to speak up and ask for the definition! Which I promptly did b/c I had never heard this word before...and if there is anyone else who is ignorant of its definition I have provided its definition below for you - and even its synonyms!!!!

des·pot n.
1. A ruler with absolute power.
2. A person who wields power oppressively; a tyrant.
a. A Byzantine emperor or prince.
b. An Eastern Orthodox bishop or patriarch.

despotic
adj 1: belonging to or having the characteristics of a despot
2: ruled by or characteristic of a despot; "moved from a feudal to a despotic order"; "his administration was arrogant and despotic"
3: characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty; "an authoritarian regime"; "autocratic government"; "despotic rulers"; "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war"; "a tyrannical government"

**synonyms**

So, what was the result of our manager being referred to in this manner? Well, it was quickly, and very delicately, disguised as a remark about our weekly summary instead of being directed to our manager. Very political of her (the supervisor who chose to make this remark) I thought!!!! Doens't really bother me, though, b/c our meetings run much more effecient if we don't have to listen to her ramble on and on about matters that would be handled better outside of the division meetings.

I could get on a soap box about all this and it wouldn't make a bit of sense to anyone not directly involved so I am going to stop there - I just wanted to share my new-found vocabulary word!!! Maybe I should add a new word every day!!!

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