Jane Dorweiler dorwe001 at MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Thu Feb 29 09:17:40 EST 1996

Sabine wrote:
> Okay, so I finally ask. What does Ms. mean? I gathered as much that it is 
> supposed to finish with the difference between Miss and Mrs., but what 
> word does this abbreviation stand for? 

I don't know that it stands for a particular word as much as a hybrid between 
Miss and Mrs. which is pronounced "Miz" also attempting to sound like a hybrid 
between the pronunciations of the other two...or either one said very fast.  
Nonetheless, perhaps someone else knows more of the history of it.  


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