panjandrum

panjandrum

[pan-jan-druhm]
noun
a self-important or pretentious official.

Origin:
1745–55; pseudo-Latin word (based on pan-) coined by Samuel Foote (1720–77), English dramatist and actor

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panjandrum (pænˈdʒændrəm)
 
n
a pompous self-important official or person of rank
 
[C18: after a character, the Grand Panjandrum, in a nonsense work (1755) by Samuel Foote, English playwright and actor]

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panjandrum
mock name for a pompous personage, 1755, invented by Samuel Foote (1720-77) to test the memory of actor old Macklin (who said he could repeat anything after hearing it once) in a long passage full of nonsense.
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