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Re: punctuated abbreviations // was english spelling reform

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Sunday, October 20, 2002, 17:29
On Sunday, October 20, 2002, at 12:41 , Tim May wrote:

> Tim May writes: >> Padraic Brown writes: >>> --- Tim May <butsuri@...> wrote: >>> I use /mIz/ for everyone. [Unless I know that the >>> person in question uses Ms for PC reasons. Then she >>> gets a Mrs. in writing, or a clear /mIsEs/ in speech.] >>> >> [snip] > ot conducive to objective argument. But if Padraic's policy is, as I > understand it to be, to use "Ms" for everyone except those who > prefer to be called "Ms", then I find this policy extremely odd.
Personally, I would go by "Ms" in definite preference to "Mrs" because I did not take my husband's last name (as is Korean tradition). "Mrs Lee" puts me in mind of my mom, before my parents got divorced, and I'm not the "mrs" of a Lee *grin*; "Mrs Betzwieser" makes me think immediately of my husband's mom, and I am not a Betzwieser. So "Ms" seems the best compromise. (Hey, it's not my fault the convention doesn't accommodate independent-minded women *or* Koreans.) Yoon Ha Lee [] I like common sense, honesty and decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.--H.L. Mencken


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