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July 24, 2009

Mrs Melling recently typed out her formal name and thought, “That’s strange. There’s no ‘r’ in ‘Missus.'”

She quickly remembered that Mrs is an abbreviation of Mistress. Duh. There’s a lot of history here, but isn’t it funny that we pronounce M-R-S as Miss-ez?

Weirder still, nowdays mistress usually means quite the opposite of Mrs.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2009 9:05 am

    lol Yep, quite the opposite. Hadn’t thought of that.

  2. July 25, 2009 10:45 am

    Down here it’s not uncommon to hear it pronounced “miz-rez”.

  3. August 21, 2009 10:21 pm

    Not only does mistress imply something completely different than the abbreviation it is tagged to, but the male side of formal names has been flipped upside down. Mister is reserved for men over the age of 13. The much lesser used prefix, Master used to refer to what it sounds it should– a master of a trade. It is now reserved for boys under the age of 13, who have mastered approximately nothing. I like to call my four and two year olds Masters out of shear comedic value.

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