Posted by ESC on February 10, 2003
I thought this was an interesting word.
"(Kentucky Governor Patton) said the state was flat broke. But then he promptly put Democratic Party apparatchiks in high-paying state posts." From "Paul Patton is no Colin Powell," Lexington Herald-leader guest column by John David Dyche, February 10, 2003.
Merriam-Webster online http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary
Main Entry: ap·pa·rat·chik
Inflected Form(s): plural -chiks also ap·pa·rat·chi·ki /-chi-kE/
Etymology: Russian, from apparat
1 : a member of a Communist apparat (from the organization of a political party or an underground movement)
2 : an official blindly devoted to superiors or to the organization