WOTW: master

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triplo word of the week - master


今週の #WOTW は「master」です。’Master’ is one of those English words that can be just about any part of the speech. This one is not an adverb, but it is a noun, a verb, and an adjective.


Let’s start with the noun.


- We have to do as our master pleases. (A man who has people working for him, especially servants or slaves.)

- He’s the master of the playground. (A person who has complete control of something.)

- Here comes the master of the house. (Dated, and therefor potentially humorous. A male head of a household.)

- This dog needs a master. Call 0099880099 to adopt it! (The owner of a dog, horse, or other domesticated animal.)

- Who’s going to be the quiz master? (The person in charge of a game or a male schoolteacher. This is British.)

- Do headmasters also teach? (The head of a college or school.)

- I’m a master of practical jokes. (A skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity.)

- He’s a master of jazz. (A great artist or musician.)

- Kasparov was a great master. (A very strong chess player, especially one who has qualified for the title at international tournaments.)

- She’s a Master of Arts. (A person who holds a second or further degree.)

- I’d love to do a master’s in architecture, but they’re too expensive. (A postgraduate degree.)

- Taylor Swift had to re-record all her masters. (An original recording, film, or document from which copies can be made.)

- I don’t need much, just a one-master. (A ship or boat with a specified number of masts.)


Time for the adjective now.


- He’s a master player. (Having or showing very great skill or proficiency.)

- We are hiring a master builder. (Denoting a person skilled in a particular trade and able to teach others.)

- The master bedroom has its own bathroom as well as a walk-in closet. (Main, principal.)


The verb is next.


- Master English in two weeks! (Acquire complete knowledge or skill in a subject, technique, or art.)

- I felt like crying, but I mastered the urge. (Gain control of, overcome.)

- We went into the studio and mastered all the songs in just one morning. (Make a master copy of a film or recording.)


And, as usual, let’s wrap it up with the phrases.


- [make oneself master of] If I read all these books, I will make myself master of quantum physics. (Acquire a thorough knowledge of or facility in.)

- [be one's own master] I’m my own master. (Be independent or free to do as one wishes.)


Question time! How many of today’s example phrases could use ‘mistress’ instead of ‘master’? Let us know what you think!