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This week's theme: words for bosses, officials, and leaders.
fugleman (FYOO-guhl-muhn) noun
One who leads a group, company, or party.
[From German Flügelmann (flank man), from Flügel (wing) + Mann (man). A fugleman was once a soldier placed usually on a flank during drill to serve as a guide for his company.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"[Mencken] was trying single-handedly to drag American culture out of Puritanism and into the twentieth century, to act as fugleman on this side of the Atlantic for a literary and artistic renaissance comparable to the one then taking place on the other side." Jonathan Yardley; The Sage of Baltimore; The Atlantic Monthly (New York); Dec 2002.
The most futile thing in this world is any attempt, perhaps, at exact definition of character. All individuals are a bundle of contradictions -- none more so than the most capable. -Theodore Dreiser, author (1871-1945)