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Where did Mrs. come from?

Asked by AstroChuck (36569 points ) June 9th, 2008 from iPhone

Mr. is an abbreviation for Mister, obviously because of the M and the R. But how did Mrs. become short for Misses?

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soundedfury's avatar

It’s the abbreviation for “mistress.”

AstroChuck's avatar

That makes perfect sense. Good answer. Thanks.
(And I meant Missus, not the plural Misses)

lucidsemantics's avatar

I know this response is over a year late, but I am pretty certain that it is not the abbreviation for “mistress”. When a woman married a man (Mr.) she became his (Mr’s). However, with the rise of women in society, the apostrophe became very inappropriate so it was dropped-going from “Mr’s” to “Mrs”

PrairieWind's avatar

My guess :
Mrs is used for married ladies and thus one the rr’s from the word married, are used to represent the married versus the MISS for the unmarried

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