The Marmor Name

marmor, n. [Latin] 1. marble, stone. 2. fig. that which is made of marble.

from Marmor 1982:

"’MARMOR’ has become so well established as the name of our yearbook that by now we are quite ready to accept it without wondering what it means. It has a meaning, however. Ribald jesters will tell you ’tombstone’, but this is not the sense the word is intended to convey.


"When the name was chosen many years ago, the editorial staff intended it to mean ’milestone’ - a very good name for a yearbook. After one issue appeared bearing the name, however, the Classical Club objected the ’Marmor’ meant in Latin nothing more than ’marble’ and that it is only once used in the whole of extant Latin literature to mean ’milestone’. The confusion arises from the fact that ’marmor’ came to be used metaphorically in Latin of things made of marble, such as marble dust, statues and milestones, and even of the surface of the sea, beacuse of the shining marble colour of its foam.


"Certainly then, no one can complain that the name chosen, perhaps rather heedlessly, for our yearbook is not charged with meaning. In its tremendous power of suggestion the name is peerless. We, the sons of McMaster, should therefore accept it as noble tradition rather than question its meaning. But let those who are literal-minded think of the Marmor as the sparkling plaque of marble upon which our yearly achievements are indelibly engraved."

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