I have just received a letter of recommendation from my supervisor from two years ago, and in it, they* present me as ‘M.Art.Content’ (magister artium [?]). Searching online for various key words + content, unsurprisingly yields no good results. I know they are highly qualified in Latin, and am sure there is a reason for it.

Currently there is only one good idea (as suggested by @BryanKrause): That it might be a reference to performance, i.e. magister artium contentus (master of arts, satisfactory), similar to the old Norwegian system of laud (from Latin laudabilis). This makes sense. If anyone has more knowledge of how one reports a candidate’s capabilities internationally, and could elaborate on the meaning and tradition of this usage, it would be of great aid.

*Singular (unsexed) they.

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    Is it at all possible that this is an auto spell correction error? Otherwise I'm also mystified. What country? Norway?
    – Buffy
    Dec 5, 2019 at 16:00
  • Could it be that they used a generic template and forgot to replace a placeholder? something like M.Art. <insert content here>
    – Erwan
    Dec 5, 2019 at 16:45
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    You might have to ask them; could be related to 'contentus' but I have no idea how that would apply to a degree or what it would mean.
    – Bryan Krause
    Dec 5, 2019 at 18:29
  • @Buffy Yes, Norway is correct. The letter of recommendation is ment for use outside of Norway, though.
    – Canned Man
    Dec 8, 2019 at 23:16
  • @Erwan Yes, that could be a possibility, but that would surprise me greatly, considering them being well-known for attention to details.
    – Canned Man
    Dec 8, 2019 at 23:18


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