Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 24 17:11:16 UTC 2008

Not a noun, but a title of (possibly routine) respect, analogous to
"Master", ancestral respectively to "Mrs." and "Mr."

m a m

On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 1:54 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> And what's up with that nursery rhyme,
> Mistress Mary
> Quite contrary
> etc.?
> -Wilson

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