One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A senior civil servant, especially one considered secretive, scheming, or reactionary. Chiefly in plural.
1980s; earliest use found in The Times. From the name of Sir Humphrey Appleby, a character created by J. Lynn and A. Jay, in the BBC television series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.
Sir Humphrey/səː ˈhʌmfri/
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