What’s Amiss with “Ms.”

Mrs Hannah More

The idea was first proposed in 1901.   An anonymous writer suggested in the November 10 issue of The Sunday Republican of Springfield, Massachusetts, that all women be called by the title “Ms.”  The goal was to honor the female sex while avoiding the embarrassing mistake of calling a maiden “Mrs.” or a matron by the “inferior title” of “Miss.”  Somehow, the notion never caught on and the embarrassments continued unabated. Continue reading