The Eclectic One

…Because labels are a poor substitute for thinking

Pet peeve of the day

Posted by Bill Nance on December 3, 2008

Reporters and headline editors are in love with the word “Czar.”

Every time someone is named to be in charge of any government project they call them Czar.First there was the drug Czar, then there was the intelligence Czar and now MSNBC’s front page is calling Bill Richardson, who was named today as Secretary of Commerce, “Commerce Czar.”

To quote the incomparable Inigo Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

The Czars of Russia were, with hardly an exception, cruel despots who ruthlessly crushed all opposition and ruled as feudal tyrants all the way into the 20th century. Calling someone a Czar is not a description of a manager or department head, it’s an insult.

There are these things we have now called dictionaries and thesauruses. Use one please.

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