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    #1

    Question watercooler dictator =?

    Homer: Listen here! My name is HomerJ. Simpson! You guys think I'm dead, but I'm not. I want you to straighten this out without a lot of your bureaucratic red tape and mumbo jumbo!

    Clerk: Okay, Mr. Simpson. I'll just make the change here. And you're all set.

    Homer: I don't like your attitude, you watercooler dictator.
    Hello!

    watercooler dictator =?

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    #2

    Re: watercooler dictator =?

    A jumped-up petty little dictator.

    Someone who is so controlling that they even dictate who can have and when water can be taken from the drinking water cooler in an office.

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    #3

    Re: watercooler dictator =?

    Anglika, thank you for your help. I got it.

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    #4

    Re: watercooler dictator =?

    It's a rather American-sounding expression, and very expressive. I guess the use of 'watercooler' as a prefix for various things to do with office society ('watercooler discussion', 'watercooler topic', 'watercooler politics' ...) arose in the part of the world where offices needed watercoolers! Many UK offices have them now, but following a transatlantic trend; and they're often not cooled (just a big bottle of water inverted over a tap - often with a fancy-looking cabinet but no refrigeration).

    The nearest expression - very informal - for a self-appointed petty-dictator that we have in Br English is a 'jobsworth' (so-called because they say things like 'It's more than my job's worth [I would risk losing my job] to unlock the store-cupboard for you').

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    Last edited by BobK; 23-Oct-2008 at 11:27.

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    #5

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    Hi BobK,

    Thank you for your comment. I just learned "jobworth" several days ago.

    I dislike some "jobworth" officials in China.

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    #6

    Re: watercooler dictator =?

    "jobSworth"



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    #7

    Re: watercooler dictator =?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    "jobSworth"



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    Thank you very much for your correction.

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