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Greetings.
First post to this froup (though I have lurked for a while). I was thinking about salutations... Mr is a ... shortened form of Doctor, of what is Mrs the shortened form? How do you spell Mrs? Any other thoughts/ possibilities?

Apparently you're not familiar with those proposed by Willard R. Espy:

The Mrs. kr. Mr.
Then how her Mr. Kr.!
He kr. kr. kr.
Until he raised a blr.
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Regards,
Tristan

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First post to this froup (though I have lurked for ... held, say, 50 years ago). Any other thoughts/ possibilities? Rich.

Mr. for Master Mrs. for Mistress Miss for Mistress Ms. for

On a serious - and non-argumentive - note, I've always thought that "Ms" was one of the better products of the "hear me roar" movement. The choice of "Mrs" or "Miss" identifies the person by a status that is normally totally unrelated to the discussion. In most situations where we address someone formally enough to use either "Miss" or "Mrs" in front of the name, the fact that the person is, or is not, married is completely irrelevant.
In fact, it leads to errors. Addressing someone as "Mrs Jane Jones" strongly implies that the person is married or that the person is assumed to be married.. That person may no longer be married, but may be retaining her married name. Conversely, addressing her as "Miss Jane Jones" implies unmarried status.
The "Ms" neatly avoids this. It removes the awkwardness. It is always correct.
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Rich typed thus:

First post to this froup (though I have lurked for ... view that would have been held, say, 50 years ago).

Mistress. You don't spell Mrs out. David ==

That's true. But the same pronunciation used as a noun *is* spelled out. Another poster mentioned it: "missus." It's also spelled "missis," means "wife," and is used with a determiner: "I'll ask the missus." "That's his missus, all right."

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
E-mail: mplsray @ yahoo . com
Tristan Miller filted:
The Mrs. kr. Mr. Then how her Mr. Kr.! He kr. kr. kr. Until he raised a blr.

And then there was the assassin who tried to kill both members of an important couple...he shoots at the Mr and misses..r
Raymond S. Wise typed thus:
Rich typed thus: Mistress. You don't spell Mrs out.

That's true. But the same pronunciation used as a noun *is* spelled out. Another poster mentioned it: "missus." It's also spelled "missis," means "wife," and is used with a determiner: "I'll ask the missus." "That's his missus, all right."

(where's the thread on class?)
This is an ugly term which has never passed my lips. . "the missus" sounds like some sort of chattel to rank with "the car" and "the dog".

David
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Tony Cooper typed thus:
Mr. for Master Mrs. for Mistress Miss for Mistress Ms. for

On a serious - and non-argumentive - note, I've always thought that "Ms" was one of the better products of ... as "Miss Jane Jones" implies unmarried status. The "Ms" neatly avoids this. It removes the awkwardness. It is always correct.

The French have this right - at a certain age a woman moves from being addressed as Mademoiselle to being addressed as Madame. It is never wrong to call an adult lady "Madame", and it implies no knowledge of her state of marriage.
But, Tony Cooper, I like the Quakers' way of addressing people.

David
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Mr. for Master Mrs. for Mistress Miss for Mistress Ms. for

Mr + Mr = Mrs? Doesn't look right. What is the solution for this sum?

Mssrs.
of what is Mrs the shortened form? How do you spell Mrs?

Missus.

Only when preceeded by 'Ooh er', though!
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of what is Mrs the shortened form?

Mistress. http://www.onelook.com/?w=mrs&ls=a
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