Today's Word "diktat"
diktat \dik-TAHT\ (noun) - 1 : A harsh settlement unilaterally imposed on a defeated party. 2 : An authoritative decree or order.
"Management was fond of passing down diktats the actual intent of which was muddled or obscure such as 'no red neckties on the third Tuesday of each month,' or 'no brown, open-toed sandals on women on alternate Thursdays."
Diktat comes from German, from Latin dictatum, neuter past participle of dictare, "to dictate." It is related to dictator.