Word to the Wise: Functionary

A “functionary” (FUNGK-shuh-nare-ee) is one who holds an office or a trust or performs a particular function.

Example (as I used it today): “Yes, some engineers, attorneys, and corporate administrators earn $150,000 or more. But in companies where such functionaries earn big money, the marketers, salespeople, and profit-center managers are earning $250,000 to $500,000 – sometimes more!”