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  • Is it "Miss" or "Ms"? A newly-discovered 1885 cite suggests it's Miss

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lynneguist@gmail.com Jul 28, 2010 5:43 pm

This topic always reminds me of teaching Comp at Illinois. The instructor I was working with got married halfway through the semester, and was frustrated that she couldn't get the students to continue to call her Ms X rather than Mrs X. It didn't matter that she pointed out that she'd kept her own name or that Ms doesn't mean 'married' or 'unmarried'. For many of the students, Miss was pronounced Miz, so Ms was just the abbreviation. For others, Ms meant 'divorced'.

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