Saturday, November 15, 2014

Magister, minister

Master (or Maestro, in spanish) comes from latin Magister, which means chief,  director or teacher. Magister comes from Magis: more or great. So, magister can be defined as somebody above the rest in knowledge or skills. For example, Magister equitum, cavalry chief in Ancient Rome or Magister militum, military chief. The word minister derives from minister, which means attendant, servant; and this one from minus: less. The minister was the lesser skilled assistant.

So, latin explains why any asshole can no be a master, but perhaps can become a minister!

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