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  •  "high government official" ? (0+ / 0-)

    Where did you find THAT definition?  Got a reference?  I can show you that most dictionaries give, as definition 1, something different.  (See below.)

    It wasn't the perfect term in one sense, as the formal definition of "mandarin" does imply someone of middle (not high) rank, but in the vernacular of my readings and experience, it is almost exclusively a term used to describe the overall civil servant class that keeps the government and it's operations running. (As was the case in China.)

    1 a : a public official in the Chinese Empire of any of nine superior grades
       b : (1): a pedantic official (2) : bureaucrat


    (Nine grades? Sound like the Civil Service to you?)

    It is NOT a pejorative term. It was the Chinese civil service that made China a great empire at various points it her history, and it's stability that often prevented chaos.  But it DOES come with the negative baggage, which is what i WAS implying... the Mandarins were well compensated, even when the peasants suffered horribly.

    It wasn't a perfect analogy as to rank, there are Fed civil servants in blue collar jobs, but by and large it's a heavily white collar group.

    And why on earth would suggesting that a Kossack, or a whole slew of us, might be a "high government official" make me a troll anyway?  It might make me wrong, had that been what I had done (and I did not) but it hardly seems trollish.

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