- Pre-19th century contraction of "Mistress" (http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/columns/missmanners/index.html); widely adopted by feminists from the 1970s onwards as a non-sexist title that does not reveal or assume the marital status of the woman to which it is applied, by analogy with Mr, which functions in this way. (Wiktionary)
“The day after the veto, Mr. Romney wrote in a Boston Globe op-ed piece that his convictions on the issue had "evolved," and declared "I am prolife"—embracing a label Ms. Roos says he had avoided as a candidate in 2002.”
“In 1979, the label Ms. Robinson and her husband had founded, All Platinum, was awash in lawsuits and losing money.”
“But even the term Ms is highly offensive to many women.”
“But all I can think is that she hates the title Ms. She said it was “asinine,” another of her cherished words.”
“Russell, who goes by the moniker "Ms. B, the Doodle Queen.”
“Yes, Eclipse is the name Ms. Dugard innocently chose.”
“Her version of "On Broadway" focused on the ambition of the song's narrator, a young guitarist who arrives in New York off a Greyhound bus with no money, determined to be a "star," a word Ms. Tierney reiterated with a piercing cry.”
“Rasmussen, a reported cross-dresser who goes by the name "Ms. Puppy," was living with the victims at the time of the murders, and Denver police consider him to be a person of interest in the case.”
“Americans can simply use the title "Ms." so as not to offend.”
“It covers all the bases, much as 'Ms' is used in the States.”
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