One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessive bureaucratic procedure or paperwork; bureaucracy; red tape.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Review. From French paperasserie from paperasse quantity of paper, especially of bureaucratic paperwork (1590 in Middle French; from papier + -asse, augmentative suffix; compare in same sense Middle French paperat, paperas, plural) + -erie.
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