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Re: You have a word for it?

From:Padraic Brown <agricola@...>
Date:Sunday, January 27, 2002, 19:26
Am 27.01.02, Fabian yscrifef:

> > > >Yehy is the masculine counterpart of Miss -- the title for an > > > >unmarried man.
> > > We NEEEEEED this word in English. Honestly.
> > I disagree. I think we need to ditch the distinction between married > > woman and unmarried woman. > > Back about 150 years ago, the common word for this was 'master', and > exactl;y equivalent to 'miss'.
Mister is just a weakened form of Master; as Missus is a weakened form of Mistress. I use Miss and Mister regardless. Master was also in fairly common use much more recently. When I was little, older relatives addressed cards and such with "Master". I've never used it for anyone. I'm sure it drives the Miz legions batty, but sod em anyway.
> Fabian
Padraic. -- Gwerez dah, chee gwaz vaz, ha leal.