I am the Master of the Universe!
Magister Mundi sum!
“I am the Master of the Universe!”
You are full of yourself, but you’re so cool you
probably deserve to be. Rock on.

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  1. PJ/Maryland says:

    That is a weird Latin phrase. “Magister” can mean “master”, but not in the sense of “Master of the Universe”. It means someone who understands or controls something, and also means director or adviser. For example, the “master of the ship” (magister navis) refers to the helmsman, not the captain (nauarchus).

    “Magister” is related to “magis”, which just means “more”. So the connotations are along the lines of “Mr. Big”. So “Magister mundi” might be translated as “Big Shot in the Universe”, but not necessarily the only big shot, or the biggest shot.

    I’d think the real Master of the Universe would be “dominus mundi”; dominus is translated as master or lord (and is the root of the English word “dominate”, of course).

    On the other hand, “mundi” is a nicely chosen word. It is closer to our word “world” than “universe”, except that when we say “world” it can have connotations of “planet”. In the Roman world, of course, planets were wandering lights in the sky, and stars were fixed lights; the world was basically all there was in the universe.

    Anyway, Joanne, congrats on your promotion.

  2. How about “domina mundi” with feminine “domina” instead of masculine “dominus” or “magister”?

  3. PJ/Maryland says:

    There is a Latin word “domina” (hadn’t noticed it before), but it seems to mean “mistress of the household”, so the connotations would be wrong.

    The masculine “dominator” does have a feminine form, tho. It relates to the noun “dominatio”, which refers to mastery or control, but also to despotism or irresponsible power.

    So if Joanne doesn’t mind the despotic overtones, she can say “Dominatrix mundi sum”. And, probably, “Negram scorteam gero”. (I am wearing black leather.)