Ever Wondered Why There’s an “R” in “Mrs”?

Ever Wondered Why There’s an “R” in “Mrs”?

Ever Wondered Why There’s an “R” in “Mrs”?

mrs

Source:Reader's Digest
Spelling in the English language can be tricky, downright hilarious, or just plain confusing. Case in point: Why does the abbreviation 'Mrs.' have an 'R' when the full word 'missus' is R-less?

That’s because Mrs. wasn’t always the abbreviation for missus. Centuries ago, it stood for mistress, which at the time meant the woman of the household. A governess who looked after children was also called a mistress. Eventually, the abbreviation became the title for married women, while men used Mr., pronounced master.

Since English speakers have a tendency to shorten words by means of contractions, the moniker was pronounced missus at the end of the 18th century. It was probably for the best, since 'mistress' was given a new definition, the one we know today involving extramarital romantic affairs. Confusing the two could land you in seriously awkward trouble.

The grammar changed for the gents, too. The pronunciation of Mr. eventually went from master to mister, but the whole title was rarely written out. Mister was already a word that referred to an occupation or trade.

Long story short: The English language is confusing. At least some grammar rules don’t require lessons; we just do them without even noticing.

Related posts

5 thoughts on “Ever Wondered Why There’s an “R” in “Mrs”?

  1. I have not checked in here for some time as I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  2. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your weblog? My website is in the very same niche as yours and my users would truly benefit from some of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Many thanks!

  3. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find almost all of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content available for you? I wouldn’t mind producing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome weblog!

  4. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  5. I just want to say I’m new to weblog and truly liked you’re web page. Almost certainly I’m want to bookmark your site . You actually come with great stories. Bless you for revealing your website page.

Leave a Comment