Re: punctuated abbreviations // was english spelling reform
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Friday, October 18, 2002, 19:04|
Andreas Johansson writes:
> Nik Taylor wrote:
> > > though I have seen "Ms."... I guess no vowel makes it look like an
> > > abbreviation for something unwritable
> >Well, as I understand it, Ms. is derived from Mrs.
> It is? And I thought it meant "Miss" ... ?
It doesn't mean either. The point behind "Ms" is that with only the
terms "Mrs" and "Miss", it's impossible to refer to a woman by means
of an honorific without specifying her marital status. This was felt
to be discriminatory, and "Ms" (pronounced, in my experience, /mIz/ or
/mz/) was introduced as a direct counterpart of the male "Mr". It was
coined in 1949, but didn't become popular until the '70s.