Ms.

Mary Jane N. Shroyer natherm at ucs.orst.edu
Fri Mar 1 15:15:39 EST 1996


On 29 Feb 1996, Galloway Cynthia M wrote:

> I don't know what it stands for but, after brainstorming over coffee this 
> morning, we came up with the following:
> 
> Since Ms. is used whether a person is Married (M) or Single (s), the 
> designation Ms. seems appropriate.

Yep, very close!  Think about a man's title...Mr.  It doesn't give one a 
clue as to his marital status.  Ms. evolved for the same reason.  It can 
be used to address any woman, whether single, married, or divorced.

MJ 

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Mary Jane N. Shroyer		"Next week there can't be any crisis.
Dept. of Microbiology		 My schedule is already full." 
Oregon State University		 		--Henry Kissinger
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