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Re: What I found on origin of usage

August 14, 2015 11:42PM
And you are also quoting its earliest use too as being in America ... not in Britain...
the use of 'Mrs' was, as I understand it, always reserved, once 'Mistress' was contracted, for a woman in a position of authority whether she was married or not, such that a housekeeper would always be 'Mrs'. The term 'Miss' is quite a new one itself, and was only really used from 1667. Formerly, the correct form of address for a young woman was Burd [as in Burd Ellen, the male equivalent being Childe. Because a child was a male infant, a female was a brat]. I wonder if the form Ms there was merely a misspelling of Miss?
'Miss' had lost it's former connotations since prior to the mid 17th century Miss was a term used to refer to a mistress or whore. [OED]. Mrs dates from 1582, and according to the shorter OED could be used for an unmarried girl attested 1791. The shorter OED does not acknowledge 'Ms' at all.
Austen uses Miss for unmarried and Mrs for married. She was there at the time, so I should think one can assume she's probably a pretty good source.
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