07 August 2009

On the way to Canada again

By the time this post appears today, I will be in Montreal. My niece Simla is getting married. Actually, she got married just a little bit more than a year ago, but there never was a wedding. This is going to be it. One long party on Saturday.

Last year's trip netted Pupilla muscorum and some Discus species whose identity was the source of a minor dispute. I will try to get more specimens to hopefully settle the issue.

Last year I traveled as a Professor, the year before I had myself knighted. This year I am a "Mstr".


Presumably, that stands for "master". But master of what? Master of the Universe? Master of Ceremonies? Or just plain old master baiter?

I may let you know when I return on Monday.


Vasha said...

It used to be that "Master" was the title for young sons of upper-class families (the servants would address the boys as "Master William" and the girls as "Miss Ann"). But that usage is so thoroughly obsolete that it surely can't be what Air Canada means. I'm mystified.

gillesarbour said...

Welcome back to Montreal! We just went to see the magnificent Wildlife Photography exhibition downtown today. If you have a free hour don't miss it. See http://tw9.us/GI and http://tw9.us/GJ

Deniz Bevan said...

Master traveller :-) Did you sleep in this morning? I did!


I was up at 8 am & out the door at 10 am. I went on a long walk to look for snails.

Deniz Bevan said...

8 am! Goodness! Not me! Meanwhile, here's the OED on Master:
"22. a. With reference to a boy or a young man. (a) Applied [subsequent to the phonetic separation of MISTER n.2] as a prefix to the name of a boy or young man not considered old enough to be called ‘Mr.’; (b) applied, esp. by servants, to the sons of noble families or of the gentry (usu. in little master, (my) young master; sometimes without modifier as a form of address) (now arch.); (c) a person addressed as ‘master’ in this sense; a boy, a young man (now rare).

c1533-4 H. DOWES Let. in H. Ellis Orig. Lett. Eng. Hist. (1846) 3rd Ser. I. 343 It pleased your Maistershipp to give me in charge not onlie to give diligent attendaunce uppon Maister Gregory, but also [etc.]. 1570 J. FOXE Actes & Monumentes (rev. ed.) II. 1772/1 The tyme was thought to be nygh that this yong Maister [sc. Queen Mary's expected child] should come into the world. 1600 SHAKESPEARE Merchant of Venice II. ii. 44 Talke you of young Maister Launcelet. 1602 B. JONSON Poetaster I. i. 4 Young master, Master Ouid, do you heare? 1693 DRYDEN in Dryden tr. Juvenal Satires XIV. 276 If Gaming does an Aged Sire entice, Then my Young Master swiftly learns the Vice. 1710 SWIFT Jrnl. to Stella 13 Dec. (1948) I. 122 Maids and misses, and little master (lord Shelburn's children) in a third [coach]. 1726 C. CHALONER Let. 30 Oct. in M. M. Verney Verney Lett. (1930) II. xxiv. 98 The great dog has killed the spaniell dog Master Verney left at Claydon. 1728 SWIFT Intelligencer (1729) ix. 89 These wretched Pedagogues are enjoyned..that Master must not walk till he is hot. 1753 S. RICHARDSON Hist. Sir Charles Grandison II. xxix. 280 Miss Cantillon, Miss Barnevelt, and half a dozen more Misses and Masters. 1766 H. BROOKE Fool of Quality I. 67 Lord Richard and some other masters of quality, about his age. 1775 in J. L. Chester Westm. Abbey Reg. (1876) 419 May 12, Master Frederick Gell; aged 12 days. 1824 S. E. FERRIER Inheritance xxxii, Well-dressed, talking, smiling, flirting masters and misses. 1849 DICKENS David Copperfield (1850) iii. 31 Wait a bit, Master Davy, and I'llI'll tell you something. 1884 D. BOUCICAULT Shaughraun II. ii. 30 Did you see the young master? 1923 P. G. WODEHOUSE Inimitable Jeeves i. 9 He had been clearing away the breakfast things, but at the sound of the young master's voice cheesed it courteously. 1960 C. DAY LEWIS Buried Day i. 22 All would rebuke my naughtiness with a mild ‘Ah, don't be so bold, Master Cecil!’ 1987 R. BARNARD Skeleton in Grass viii. 77 Have you been playing croquet with the Young Master?"