Thursday, July 13, 2006

What's a "buron?"

A neologism introduced to me by Tom, who works for the State of Indiana. The definition is as follows:

bu·ron (byoor’-ŏn) n. 1. An official of a bureaucracy having a mental age between 7 and 12 years or an intelligence quotient between 50 and 75. 2. A remarkably stupid official who insists on rigid adherence to rules, forms, and routines. [Fr. bureau, office + Gk. mōron, neuter of mōros, stupid.] –bu·ron·ic (byoor-ŏn’ĭk) adj. – bu·roni·cal·ly adv.

Apologies to The American Heritage Dictionary for my scandalous abuse of their definitions.


  1. Anonymous5:19 PM

    Buronic plague!

  2. And from the other side of the Atlantic: euron - a buron employed by the EU.

  3. Oops, that might better be a "beuron".