- 1 Translingual
- 2 English
Adapted from Southern U.S. dialect, in which the pronunciations of Miss and Mrs. merged into the single pronunciation /mɪz/. Like Mrs, this is a pre-19th-century contraction of mistress. It was widely adopted by feminists from the 1970s onwards as a non-sexist title that does not reveal or assume the marital status of the woman to which it is applied, by analogy with Mr, which functions in this way. In the Southern US, usage was reinforced by the homophony of Ms. and Mrs.
- (UK) enPR: məs, IPA(key): /məs/
- Rhymes: -əs
- (US) enPR: mĭz, IPA(key): /mɪs/, /mɪz/
- Usually written as Ms. with a period in North America, and as Ms without one in the UK. See the notes in the Wikipedia article.
- (titles) (of a man): Mr (Mister, mister), Sir (sir); (of a woman): Ms (Miz, mizz), Mrs (Mistress, mistress), Miss (miss), Dame (dame), (of a non-binary person): Mx (Mixter); (see also): Dr (Doctor, doctor), Madam (madam, ma'am) (Category: en:Titles)
- plural of
- There is some difference of opinion regarding the use of apostrophes in the pluralization of references to letters as symbols. New Fowler's Modern English Usage, after noting that the usage has changed, states on page 602 that "after letters an apostrophe is obligatory." The 15th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style states in paragraph 7.16, "To avoid confusion, lowercase letters ... form the plural with an apostrophe and an s". The Oxford Style Manual on page 116 advocates the use of common sense.
From a shortening of its name.