Majordomo

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A majordomo is a person who speaks, makes arrangements, or takes charge for another. Typically, the term refers to the highest (major) person of a household (domūs or domicile) staff, a head servant who acts on behalf of the owner of a large or significant residence. Similar terms include castellan, concierge, chamberlain, seneschal, mayor of the palace, maître d'hôtel, head butler, and steward.

The term also refers, more informally, to someone who oversees the day-to-day responsibilities of a business enterprise.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The origin is from maior domūs (Latin, "principal" and "house"), and it was borrowed into English from Spanish "mayordomo" or obsolete Italian "maiordomo". Also found as French "majordome", modern Italian "maggiordomo", Portuguese and Galician "mordomo", in Romanian and Catalan "majordom".

Examples in fiction[edit]

Examples of fictional majordomos would be Alfred Pennyworth from the Batman mythos, Jonathan Quayle Higgins III from the 1980s television series Magnum, P.I., Bib Fortuna from Return of the Jedi, Carson from the ITV series Downton Abbey, and Joseph from the soap opera Dynasty.

In the 1994 film The Lion King the character Zazu serves as majordomo (or as he introduces himself, "majordodo") to Mufasa and later his son Simba after he became king.

In Les Miserables, Major Domo oversees proceedings at the wedding of Marius and Cosette, in the stage version, introducing M. and Mme. Thenardier to the wedding waltzers.

Walter Slezak, as Maurice Clavell in the comedy film Come September (1961), not only plays the role of Rock Hudson's majordomo, but also takes advantage of his employer's absence to turn the luxurious Italian villa into resort hotel.

Another notable example is Majordomo Executus, one of the major bosses of the original Molten Core Raid encounters in World of Warcraft. Majordomo sits second only to the fire lord Ragnaros himself.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ majordomo, Merriam-Webster Dictionary 
  2. ^ 'Majordomo Executus'