Some folks look forward to Friday because the next day they'll be away from the officious official who runs the office: for two days, anyway.
That brings the Lemming to the word panjandrum. That's:
- A person who is important or influential
- Often overbearing
- An important or self-important person
(The Free Online Dictionary)
- A powerful personage or pretentious official
Grand Panjandrum, burlesque title of an imaginary personage in some nonsense lines by Samuel Foote
First Known Use: 1856
- "The Grand Panjandrum"
Samuel Foote, via an 1820 novel and Wikisource (1755)
"So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage leaf, to make an apple pie ; and at the same time a great she-bear coming up the street, pops its head into the shop. 'What! no soap?' So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber; and there were present the Picninnies, and the Joblillies, and the Garyulies, and the grand Panjandrum himself, with the little round button at top; and they all fell to playing the game of catch as catch can, till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots."Allegedly-related posts:
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