I am looking for a word. It refers to a person who is given a small amount of power over some menial task or item and lets that authority become an overwhelming and unreasonable dictatorial type pattern of behavior.
"You can't have pens from the supply closet without filling out a requisition form, asking and receiving verbal permission, and describing your exact activity with such company resources."
It was included in a "word of the day" calendar I saw years ago and I'm drawing a blank.
Oh my gosh Robert, your post immediately put me in mind of a certain bureaucrat, back when I worked in purchasing depts for big arch-constr firms. Purchasing was the lowest-prestige dept in a world where engrs were once free to name their fave bidders based on eqpt design, but got reined in mid-20thC so as to promote more competition & eliminate corruption. W/n 20 yrs this firm segregated bidder's list to a dept w/n the dept, staffed by paper-passing form-filling bean-counters. This mini-tyrant had graduated from mail-room thro office-supplies to a position of tail wags dog, & he loved wagging that dog!
If there is a word for such a creature, I want to know it!
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