May 17, 2010

pass muster

Posted in Idioms at 10:48 pm by Feng

pass muster – to meet the required standard [UseEnglish]

From the book Cryptography Engineering, “In short, DES does not pass muster any more.”  The DES is an out-dated encryption standard that had been serving the security world for nearly 20 years. Its design is simple and elegant, but the security strength is considered weak from today’s standard. The original meaning of “muster” refers to an assembly of troops ready for inspection. Naturally, “not passing muster” means failing to pass the inspection. We often say “muster the courage”, the use of the word “muster” can be  traced to the same military root.


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