Miss and Mrs: difference in terminology and spelling

If you get to England, it is important not to offend the woman with the wrong response. And to name the lady Miss or Mrs. - as it is correct - we will understand the article.

The British, as you know, are a very conservative nation, therefore traditions and rituals here are maintained unchanged for centuries. This also applies to certain verbal conversations, among which is the determination of a woman’s marital status by stating the words Miss or Mrs in front of her first and last name.

What do these words mean? How to use them correctly, so that you do not inadvertently hurt the tender feelings of beautiful ladies, and simply do not look like simpletons? Let's figure it out!

Miss or Mrs.: We understand the terminology

In the Russian language there are no clear distinctions in addressing a married woman and a girl - this is more likely determined by age limits, and even that is not necessary. But the British have developed a whole system of rules that are still maintained in society. Therefore, the words miss and missus do not have a literal translation into our language.

Miss - so it is customary to appeal to all young girls under the age of eighteen. You can also call a girl who is in the performance of her professional duties - for example, a teacher (after all, only unmarried ladies had the right to teach in England), a saleswoman, a maid, a waitress, and so on. In addition, if you probably don’t know whether the lady is married or not, it’s better to call her “miss” anyway - she will certainly be pleased and, if necessary, she will correct your mistake by prompting the necessary treatment.


The word is transcribed very easily: as you hear it, it spells "Miss" - mis.

Mrs - so called married women, and after such a prefix, sometimes not even her name is added, but her spouse. If a lady divorced or became a widow, then as a supplement they call her last name.

It is established that this word came from "Mistress" - "mistress", "mistress". Gradually, it separated into the definition of "Mrs." - spouse. The word is transcribed as follows: mɪsɪz.

Written abbreviations: the difference between miss and mrs

In writing, the English often use generally accepted abbreviations - this is also the case with the appeals of Miss and Mrs.

  • So, the courteous address of "Ms." - miss - is capitalized, followed by a period. In the full form of the word, the dot after it, of course, is not set.
  • Mrs. word is abbreviated a little differently - "Mrs." - also with a dot at the end.

Identification words for marital status exist not only in English. And in France at the end of 2012 in business at the legislative level it was forbidden to use the term "mademoiselle" (a synonym for the English miss) in order not to stick out the personal lives of women and their marital status for all to see.

Watch the video: How to use your dictionary to build your vocabulary (November 2019).