bureaugamy

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From bureau +‎ -gamy

NounEdit

bureaugamy (uncountable)

  1. marriage (literal or metaphorical) to a bureaucracy
    • The ancient mammalian unit of mother and child has morphed into a "bureaugamy," as single mothers find government assistance a more satisfying partner than a confused male.
      March 29, 1999 review of "The Decline of Males" by Publisher's Weekly
    • If bureaugamy is the marriage of citizen to the bureaucratic state, then what we really have is an arranged marriage shotgun wedding.
      November 15, 2011
    • In 1999 Lionel Tiger coined the word ‘bureaugamy’ to refer to the relationship between officially impoverished mothers of illegitimate children and the government.
      May 5, 2012

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Last modified on 19 February 2013, at 09:09