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Why is it that abbreviation for the word missus is Mrs. when tthe letter R does not appear in the original word?


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May. 8th, 2003 09:03 am (UTC)
The straight dope on this. (Fifth result when googling for missus mistress mrs.)
May. 8th, 2003 09:09 am (UTC)
Well aren't you quite the efficient one! Thanks Chris.
May. 8th, 2003 09:22 am (UTC)
Heh, heh, thanks to that page I've got a good German word to use next time I'm writing something to my colleagues. :-)

"Kuhfladen" - "Kuh" is cow, and "fladen" translates variously as "bread cake", "flat cake", or (hehe) "cow patch".
May. 8th, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
My late grandfather always appreciated one thing about Womens Lib - the arise of the term "Ms."

Before that, you could be very wrong when sending a business letter to a woman you didn't know, and could even create an insult if you used "Mrs." instead of "Miss" and vice versa.

The French don't use Mademoiselle any more, and the Germans do not use Fraüleinm either.
May. 8th, 2003 09:35 am (UTC)
Because it is actually short for "Mistress."
May. 8th, 2003 09:36 am (UTC)
And I was beaten to the punch...that'll teach *me* to take a nap. XD

We used it as a question on Squares once. =)
May. 8th, 2003 10:21 am (UTC)
Now that you know that, here's a quiz:
Why is the abbreviation for "pound" "lb." when NEITHER letter appears in the word? I once asked my etomolyogist grandfather this, and he gave me a quite wordy answer.

(He passed away in 1992, but his name and article still appear in some editions of the Webster's New World Dictionary . . .)
May. 8th, 2003 12:28 pm (UTC)
I know, but I'm not saying right away. :-)
May. 8th, 2003 01:46 pm (UTC)
I have to look it up, as I didn't know. I googled "etymology pounds" and it was in the first link...
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