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Re: You have a word for it?

From:Steve Kramer <scooter@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 29, 2002, 4:15
On Mon, 28 Jan 2002, Dennis Paul Himes wrote:

> It seems in reading this discussion that people are assuming that "Miss" > means a woman is not married and "Mrs." means that she is. This is a > convention which some people use, but it is not the convention I was taught > and was not the prescriptivist convention used by (for instance) the New > York Times back before it belatedly adopted "Ms." The convention I learned > is that "Mrs." is used for a woman who is using a husband's surname, and > "Miss" is used otherwise. So a divorced woman who kept her married name > would be "Mrs.", and a married woman who kept her maiden name would be > "Miss". >
Fortunately, I have here, next to me, a married woman who kept her maiden name - my wife. :-) Her feeling on the matter is that "Ms." is pronounced /mis/ - not what she was taught, but what appears to be most evident in practice. Of course, she has also become accustomed to a tradition which seems to be prevalent here and elsewhere in the southeast U.S., the informal address by a child to an adult as "Mister" or "Miss" (or presumably "Ms.") and the adult's first name. -- Steve Kramer || scooter (at) buser dot net || _____________________ =================================================== | __/^\__ ,-^,| |/~ \_ { / | "When life hands you lemons, you say, 'Yeah? \/\ |! | Well, I *like* lemons! What else ya got?'" / / ) |___ (_ \ \ / Henry Rollins ~v^ ?_,-'


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