First names Ms. and Miss

FRITZ JUENGLING juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US
Fri Apr 12 20:04:11 UTC 2002

'Ms." of course, is not as neutral as some people believe.  I have heard several women say they they are irritated or even 'hate' being called 'Ms.'  Reason: they are "Mrs." or just do not like the sound of 'Ms.'
Now, many of my students do not know the difference between Miss and Ms.  They believe that Ms. is for unmarried females and are not really sure
what Miss is for.  So, for them 'Ms.' has pushed 'Miss' out of the language.

 All the ones who
actually treat me call me Mrs Faber the first time out, and mostly
remember afterwards to use "Ms". Both doctors are women, and the
rheumatologist has some pretty overt feminist leanings (from what she
said, being a woman in med school in the early 70s was a radicalizing

Alice Faber                                             faber at
Haskins Laboratories                                  tel: (203) 865-6163 x258
New Haven, CT 06511 USA                                     fax (203) 865-8963

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