"An indignant mem sa-hib in Majorca"

Balearic Islands (in red)
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Sahib is Arabic for “friend,” and Britons appended “ma’am” to the word to denote a female sahib. This devolved into memsahib, meaning a (usually married) woman.

Mallorca (or Majorca) is the largest of the Balearic Islands, which lie to the east of Spain.