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adjective [before noun]
ordinary; not unusual:
Compared to the extravagance and glamour of last winter's clothes, this season's collection look simple, almost workaday.
an escape from the workaday world
|(adjective) Being a part of general human experience; ordinary.|
|Synonyms:||everyday, mundane, quotidian, routine, unremarkable|
|Usage:||Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort it is.|
陳錫蕃：國會若設糾儀長 不再有打架 【1/23 16:55】
陳錫蕃20日在國民黨中常會建議比照美國參眾議院設置糾儀長（Sergeant at Arms），維護國會議場秩序。這項建議，國民黨昨天主動公開後，引發朝野熱烈討論。
A Sergeant at Arms (sometimes spelled Serjeant at Arms) is an officer appointed by a deliberative body, usually a legislature, to keep order during its meetings. The word sergeant is derived from the Latin serviens, which means "servant".
Sergeant at Arms
IN BRIEF: Officer of court whose duty it is to preserve order.
The House of Representatives and Senate each elect a sergeant at arms to enforce the rules and regulations and to oversee the protection of members, staff, and visitors. On April 7, 1789, the Senate elected James Mathers as its doorkeeper, to guard the doors of the chamber, which were kept closed and barred to the public during early debates. On May 12, 1789, the House elected Joseph Wheaton as sergeant at arms, taking that title from the equivalent post in the British House of Commons. In 1798 the Senate, too, adopted the title of sergeant at arms.
The first sergeant at arms purchased firewood to heat the chambers in winter and guarded the chambers during the months when Congress was in recess. These functions have expanded over time. Today the Senate sergeant at arms supervises much of the maintenance of the Senate wing of the Capitol and office buildings and supervises a wide assortment of staff members, from computer specialists to janitors, carpenters, and barbers. The House assigns these functions differently, placing many of them under the clerk of the House, the doorkeeper, and the director of non-legislative services.
The House sergeant at arms carries the mace (silver rods lashed together and topped by a silver eagle), which is the symbol of the authority of the House. If debate grows heated and disorderly, the sergeant at arms lifts the mace high to remind members to restore order.
The House and Senate have also authorized their sergeants at arms to “arrest” absent members to bring them to the chambers to establish a quorum, the minimum number of members needed to conduct business. The sergeants at arms serve on the Capitol Police Board to oversee policing of the Capitol complex. They supervise parking, and they maintain crowd control during political demonstrations at the Capitol. The sergeants at arms have also become protocol officers who greet official visitors and lead processions of members at Presidential inaugurations, State of the Union messages, and other joint sessions and ceremonial meetings.
See also Capitol Police; Doorkeepers; Mace of the House of Representatives; Officers of the House and Senate; Quorum
- Robert C. Byrd, “Sergeant at Arms”,” in The Senate, 1789–1989: Addresses on the History of the United States Senate,
vol. 2(Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1991)