Posted by: Jack Henry | January 19, 2018

Editor’s Corner: Honcho

I know I wrote about C-Level management before and I could swear I put an article out some time ago about different terms used to mean leader or manager, like top dog or big cheese or honcho. I found this cute article from Jackie about Top Dogs ( but nothing about the other items. Heres a brief article from The Grammarist, about the word honcho and where it came from. It just might surprise you!

Honcho is a term that dates back to the late 1940s. The origin of the word honcho may surprise you. We will examine the definition of honcho, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Honcho is a word used to mean the leader of a squad or the leader of a group, the boss. Honcho is often used in the term head honcho, though this is actually a tautology. A tautology is a phrase or idiom in which the same idea is expressed twice using different words. Many believe that honcho has its roots in the Spanish language, but the word honcho entered the English language in the late 1940s when it was brought back to America by the servicemen who had occupied post-war Japan. Honcho is derived from a Japanese word, hanch, which means group leader. The plural form of honcho is honchos.

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