Posted by Li Yar on May 31, 2007
In Reply to: Re: Pass muster posted by Baceseras on May 30, 2007
: : Does anyone know the exact origin/meaning of the phrase "to pass muster?" A recent T.V. show depicted this phrase as a naval term. ??? The Google search doesn't satisfy me.
: Not necessarily naval, but military certainly. The roots of the word 'muster' go back to late Latin meaning a showing or display. In English 'muster' has meant specifically a military assembly, with inspection implied. So to pass muster is to be all correct, passing inspection.
I think you'll find the original phrase was 'pass mustard' and reflects on the unpleasant colonic effects of spicy food ;-)
that one mustard be true - it's on the internet!