Eh...makes sense for a guy whose job will involve diplomacy. But yeah, these people remember their academy research papers a lot better than I recall mine. "Autocrat" comes from the Greek title "autokrator" which translates to "self ruler". Autokrator was held higher than anax or regas, both meaning "king". Who do you rule? Yourself? Okay, you win. I just rule other people. Formal government titles, especially translated ones stripped of context, are weird.