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Subject: Re: Mr or Mr. - Hit and Misses?
From: David Ibbetson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:TYPO-L Discussion of Typography, Type and Typographic Design" <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 18 Dec 1995 11:52:07 -0500

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>Now, now Richard. Ms couldn't be an abbrev. of  "Mistress" - after
>all it was intended to be non-marital-status-specific! Similarly, it
>couldn't be an abbrev. of "Miss". It was formed etymologically as
>you say, by leaving out letters that would identify marital status,
>but it is not an abbreviation of any existing word. Ergo, must be a new
>complete word in its own right.
Has the original sense of "mistress" (a female in authority, who wasn't
entitled to be called "lady" or something higher) completeley died out?
When I went to school in England c. 1940 we mainly had mistresses. Those
masters who were fit were fighting for King and Country.
David (very idiotic today) Ibbetson
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