Difference between Ms and Mrs

Aug 25, 2011 by

What is the Difference between Ms and Mrs?

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  1. khristine

    As part of man’s social etiquette, we tend to address other people according to their social status mainly to show respect or to make other people know our current social standing. We give different titles to professions that are gained with higher learning, and we also give title to people depending on gender differences and their status in life with the likes of Ms and Mrs.

    Both Ms and Mrs are titles used specifically for women and are added before the full, first, or last name of the person. In word history, the terms Ms and Mrs (along with Miss) are said to have been first used during the 17th century. The titles were derived from the formal word “Mistress” which is the feminine version of “Mister” or “Master”. During those times “Mistress” and “Mister” did not indicate any marital status of a person. It is only by the time that Miss, Mrs, and Ms are applied to names that separated the married women from the unmarried ones.
    The title Ms is separated from Mrs in a manner that the former is use to address a woman regardless of her status. She may be called Ms if she is single or married but chooses not to reveal her status. The latter is normally used to address married woman but is also believed to be in the brink of becoming archaic because a lot of feminist view that it is not fair for men to address themselves with Mr that do not indicate whether they are married or single. A lot of “modern” women prefer to use Ms as an appropriate title which is viewed to be in equal status with Mr as applied to men. Before 20th century, Mrs is often applied before a husband’s full name indicating that the woman is his wife or the lady of the house as in the case of Mrs John Doe. Nowadays, it is applied before a married woman’s first name with her husband’s surname as in the case of Mrs Jane Doe.

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