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Posted by S. Ryan on February 12, 2003

In Reply to: Apparatchiks 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
: Main Entry: ap·pa·rat·chik
: Pronunciation: "ä-p&-'rä(t)-chik
: Function: noun
: Inflected Form(s): plural -chiks also ap·pa·rat·chi·ki /-chi-kE/
: Etymology: Russian, from apparat
: Date: 1941
: 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

: Thank you for the new word. It has a nice sound and is fun to pronounce.