administrivia

noun ad·min·is·triv·ia \ əd-¦mi-nə-ˈstri-vē-ə \

Definition of administrivia

:routine paperwork and other administrative tasks that are regarded as trivial, uninteresting, and time-consuming
  • Without a doubt, current spending patterns put too many dollars toward administrivia and too often place political concerns ahead of real student needs.
  • Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)25 Sept. 1999
  • Despite the school's large number of inexperienced teachers, I.S. 193's two staff developers do little teacher training, some faculty members said. Instead, they said, the developers work on what some in the school have dubbed “administrivia”—paperwork, reports and memos.
  • —Sam DillonNew York Times9 May 1994

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Origin and Etymology of administrivia

blend of administr- (inadministration,administrative) andtrivia


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