Staatsamptenaar, noun

Forms:
Also with small initial.
Plurals:
Staatsamptenare /ˈstɑːtsˌam(p)tənɑːrə/.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, staats combining form of staat state, government + amptenaar official.
A civil servant; a government official. Usually used ironically, drawing attention to the predominance of Afrikaans-speakers in the civil service.
1971 Cape Times 3 July 10There was an assemblage of Staatsamptenare to take statements, but on surveying the damage to the car, there was a sense of relief that the taxpayer is so rich.
1975 Daily Dispatch 31 May 6The title Staatsamptenaar has taken on a new dimension. It was always a grand-sounding title, of course.
1990 M. Venables in Weekly Mail 5 Oct. (Weekend Mail) 15Having exhausted the Roomsegevaar, Rooigevaar, Swartgevaar and even Moffiegevaar, two earnest staatsamptenare..work themselves into a near-orgasmic frenzy, dreaming up bloodcurdling descriptions of mass orgies.
A civil servant; a government official. Usually used ironically, drawing attention to the predominance of Afrikaans-speakers in the civil service.
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