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I had an (online) editor tell me that the correct "spelling" for the title is Ms rather than Ms. because Ms is not an abbreviation for anything (as Mr. is). But is Mrs. and abbreviation? For "missus," I guess, but I thought that's just how people pronounce it, essentially.

I've googled and the only thing I've found is that in the UK they use Ms with no period.  (Maybe the editor is from the UK??)

Anyway, does anyone have any source that says which to use?

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#1 - June 01, 2012, 12:48 PM

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Wikipedia says Ms. in the U.S. and Canada and Ms in the UK. I also found a source that says it is Ms. in Chicago style, so that sounds accurate.
#2 - June 01, 2012, 01:19 PM

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Ms. is the abbreviation for a woman that is not married.  Some people get mad if you write Mrs. and they are not married. 

I guess you could write manuscript.

I hope this helps.



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They are both derived from the honorific Mistress. AP uses a period for both Ms. and Mrs.
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I thought Ms. was proper to use with any adult woman. Isn't the point to have some sort of title that doesn't refer to a woman's marriage status as in Miss or Mrs.?

Please correct me if I'm wrong. I don't want to stumble over this.

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I've always heard that you can safely use "Ms." with any woman, married or not.  And yes, it does require a period.

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/abbreviations.htm
#7 - June 01, 2012, 09:36 PM
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Just FYI, in the UK, you don't use a period with any title, Mr, Ms, Mrs, even, I believe, Dr.
#8 - June 02, 2012, 01:05 AM
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I thought Ms. was proper to use with any adult woman. Isn't the point to have some sort of title that doesn't refer to a woman's marriage status as in Miss or Mrs.?

Please correct me if I'm wrong. I don't want to stumble over this.


That's my understanding of contemporary usage as well, and of the underlying rationale. I would only ever use Ms, and find it odd when people 'Mrs' me, in part because I kept my surname when I married, so it just sounds strange.

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Just FYI, in the UK, you don't use a period with any title, Mr, Ms, Mrs, even, I believe, Dr.

Also true in Australia, including Dr. I've just gone over the copyedit for a book I have coming out in the US soon and noticed all my Mrs/Mr instances have had the full point added. It looks so odd to me.

#9 - June 02, 2012, 07:03 AM

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