Administer, Administrate

I don’t like these words. I think of bureaucracy and red tape. I think of bloated governments and companies. I think of people working together to deny us access to something we want.

“The Rezzoris were minor Austrian gentry administering the outposts of empire.” (from The London Review of Books, 1990, as quoted in Oxford Fowler’s Modern English Usage). Yuk!

But this is unfair, it is a prejudice, a bias, a guilty verdict without facts or trial. It makes me ask myself why it is I feel like this.

I can’t answer. I don’t know. Maybe I missed my calling. Maybe I’m meant  to be a bureaucrat.  Does it pay well?

8 thoughts on “Administer, Administrate

  1. neonwalrus April 3, 2014 / 11:25 am

    …because you, because we, get frustrated at the act of being administrated.

    • fictionfitz April 4, 2014 / 5:24 am

      I try and stay away from that one. :>)

  2. Carole Webber April 4, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    As we prefer to be in charge of our selves, authority is difficult to accept albeit sometimes necessary It does offer us the opportunity to be humble though.

    • fictionfitz April 5, 2014 / 6:06 am

      Let me understand, in charge of ourselves offers us the opportunity to be humble? What % will take the opportunity?

  3. Carole Webber April 5, 2014 / 7:15 am

    Accepting the authority of others offers ua the opportunity to be humble.

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