What phrases are synonymous with "dictator for life"?
October 8, 2004 1:41 AM   Subscribe

I need phrases synonymous with "dictator for life"
posted by Tlogmer to Writing & Language (46 answers total)
 
El Presidente?
posted by mathowie at 1:49 AM on October 8, 2004


El Presidente is most excellent. (I'm looking for volume, though, so keep them coming.)
posted by Tlogmer at 1:59 AM on October 8, 2004


As in Benevolent Dictator for Life? Otherwise it's not so much a term as a description, which can ofcourse be rephrased but not put into a single term as far as I'm aware of. Also, most dictators for life tend to either have their life drasticly shortened or be dedictatored despite some people thinking they'd be there for the rest of their life.

Also: "Dictator" pretty much implies they're going to be there for their entire life unless they decide they don't want to be the dictator anymore (unlikely) or they get overthrown.
posted by fvw at 2:00 AM on October 8, 2004


Divine Emperor
posted by vacapinta at 2:00 AM on October 8, 2004


Isn't "dictator for life" supposed to be an pleonasm ?
At least, until the people overthrow you :)
posted by XiBe at 2:04 AM on October 8, 2004


fvw: I'm looking for phrases similar in connotation, I suppose. Divine Emperor is the shiz.

XiBe: Caesar was the original dictator perpetuus (so there's something of an inbuilt phrase-ness to it, but that's neither here nor there); he was dictator for -- ostensibly -- shorter periods but kept having himself reinstated until eventually the charade was dropped. Rome had had actual, temporary dictators before, though, who didn't co-opt the republic.

At least, until the people overthrow you

Nono. It's, um, a friend of mine. Yeah.
posted by Tlogmer at 2:12 AM on October 8, 2004


As a matter of interest, would you say "El Presidente de [Organization]"
posted by Tlogmer at 2:14 AM on October 8, 2004


Oh. That would be a yes. I'll stop asking stupid questions immediately answerable by google now.
posted by Tlogmer at 2:16 AM on October 8, 2004


I know this has a specific target but 'Dear Leader'
posted by pieoverdone at 3:20 AM on October 8, 2004


How about Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea (just a part of 'His Excellency President for Life Field Marshal Al Hadji Dr. Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular', found here.)
posted by misteraitch at 3:40 AM on October 8, 2004


I'm fond of The Generalissimo.
posted by alidarbac at 3:48 AM on October 8, 2004


King/Queen
posted by biffa at 4:09 AM on October 8, 2004


Tlogmer kinda-sorta mentioned it, but I think one can get away with using "Caesar" as a title too, and the meaning is definitely clear enough.
posted by letourneau at 4:30 AM on October 8, 2004


Supreme Autocrat?
posted by Zonker at 4:37 AM on October 8, 2004


His Exalted Majesty
posted by planetkyoto at 4:39 AM on October 8, 2004


El Numero Uno
His/Your Imperial Highness
Lord Emperor
posted by planetkyoto at 4:41 AM on October 8, 2004


Turkmenbashi
posted by mr.marx at 4:43 AM on October 8, 2004


Big Daddy Fat Sack.
posted by ColdChef at 4:57 AM on October 8, 2004


El Comandante!
posted by adampsyche at 5:03 AM on October 8, 2004


User #1.
posted by dash_slot- at 5:49 AM on October 8, 2004


Godfather
posted by grumblebee at 6:11 AM on October 8, 2004


ok, apologies in advance for being so delicate, but... isn't "el presidente" slipping towards racial stereotypes? it just means (obviously?) "the president".
posted by andrew cooke at 6:20 AM on October 8, 2004


What andrew cooke said, only more pissed off.
posted by signal at 6:39 AM on October 8, 2004


root
posted by willpie at 6:43 AM on October 8, 2004


(i was thinking that maybe there's some famous film or scene where, in the context, "el presidente" refers to a dictator?)
posted by andrew cooke at 6:57 AM on October 8, 2004


1. Professor Emeritus

2. Warlord of Mars, bitches!
posted by trondant at 6:59 AM on October 8, 2004


Supreme Potentate.
posted by jessamyn at 7:20 AM on October 8, 2004


I've always liked Fearless Leader as a dictatorial title.
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:20 AM on October 8, 2004


"Honey"
posted by adampsyche at 7:25 AM on October 8, 2004


Grand Poobah.
posted by SPrintF at 7:25 AM on October 8, 2004


Supreme Plenipotentate.
posted by kenko at 8:14 AM on October 8, 2004


Le grande fromage. The don.
posted by nthdegx at 8:17 AM on October 8, 2004


God-Emperor.

Works for nations, as you'll discover when I'm God-Emperor of America.

Works for organizations -- being the God-Emperor of the IT Department seems reasonable to me *twitch*.

Alternatively, El Queso Grande or the Grand Poobah.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:09 AM on October 8, 2004


(While "El Presidente" is a bit ethno-specific, is does mean something different than "The President," even just filtering the term through recent history. I don't see it as necessarily racist, especially out of context.)

But how about Major Domo?

Or El Capo di Tutti Capi?
posted by chicobangs at 9:26 AM on October 8, 2004


Emperor of _______ and Lord Protector of ________!

Worked for Norton I, at least. You can add "divine" "god" or "Padishah" to emperor as you see fit.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:35 AM on October 8, 2004


I need phrases synonymous with "dictator for life"

"Who is the boss of you? ME! ME! I AM THE BOSS OF YOU!"

[/Zork]
posted by WolfDaddy at 9:38 AM on October 8, 2004


Autarch.
posted by funkbrain at 10:17 AM on October 8, 2004


Philosopher-King, First Citizen, August Eternal Protector of the People, and Fastest Gun North, South, East, aaaand West of the Pecos.
posted by furiousthought at 10:29 AM on October 8, 2004


Grand Pasha
posted by leotrotsky at 10:32 AM on October 8, 2004


does mean something different than "The President".

not here it doesn't.

ok, who can give me a synonym for "fat, stupid, loud and arrogant"?
posted by andrew cooke at 11:13 AM on October 8, 2004


BOFH
posted by sad_otter at 11:52 AM on October 8, 2004


Na na na na na na na na leader
posted by PrinceValium at 2:07 PM on October 8, 2004


It seems to me that at one time Omar Torrijos was titled "el Lider Maximo de la Revolucion Panameno (Maximum Leader of the Panamanian Revolution)".
posted by teo at 2:16 PM on October 8, 2004


PRINCEPS
posted by ac at 2:44 PM on October 8, 2004


>>"the all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, will go from conquest to conquest leaving fire in his wake." An alternative translation, according to a second group of reports, is "the cock whose prowess leaves no hen untouched."
posted by philfromhavelock at 4:32 PM on October 8, 2004


I think Tropico burned the phrase "el presidente" into american minds more than anything else. (Does it make it better if the whole sentance is in spanish?) Thanks, everyone.
posted by Tlogmer at 5:19 PM on October 8, 2004


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