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joespam
07-21-2005, 10:04 AM
If you were writing dialog, which would you use if you weren't using Mrs.?

Is it Misses, Missus, Missez? Are any and all acceptable?

I've always thought that the proper spelling was the plural of 'miss' and anything else would be showing dialect/accent.

What do you think?

Fourthman
07-21-2005, 10:07 AM
Missus gets the point across.

Dusto
07-21-2005, 10:09 AM
Yeah, I've always thought "missus."

joespam
07-21-2005, 10:09 AM
Missus gets the point across.

They all do - I'm more wondering if there's a spelling an english teacher'd pull out the red pen for.

Fourthman
07-21-2005, 10:13 AM
They all do - I'm more wondering if there's a spelling an english teacher'd pull out the red pen for.
It's "missus".

http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=missus (http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=missus)

Dusto
07-21-2005, 10:14 AM
Mrs. is the Standard abbreviation (with or without the period) of the title used in traditional direct address to a married woman or widow: Mrs. [John] Jones, or Mrs. [Mary] Smith. Today, many but by no means all women prefer Ms. (which see) to Mrs. Mesdames is used as its plural, abbreviated Mmes. The pronunciation of Mrs. (MIS-iz) is reflected in the dialectal Missus and missis spellings we find as eye dialect in some literary contexts. The missus [missis] is also a Common or Vulgar English synonym for “wife”: I’ll have to ask the missus [missis]. For addressing a woman whose name is unknown, Madame, Madam, or Ma’am, the counterparts of Sir, are Standard; in this context Missus or Mrs. would be considered Common or Vulgar. See also MISS

Etymologically it seems to have come from a slurring of "mistress."

RebootedCorpse
07-21-2005, 10:14 AM
B-I-T-C-H.
Oh, the advantages of not having your wife read the Bendis Board.

Fourthman
07-21-2005, 10:15 AM
Etymologically it seems to have come from a slurring of "mistress."
ooh, Dusto's is better.

NickBurgess
07-21-2005, 10:17 AM
Yeah, it comes from "mistress." But that's probably not what you want to get across.

joespam
07-21-2005, 10:19 AM
Eeeeeenteresting.

The more you know!

Persevering Guy
07-21-2005, 10:20 AM
why wouldn't you use Mrs?

mispelling makes characters look unintelligent

Fourthman
07-21-2005, 10:22 AM
why wouldn't you use Mrs?

mispelling makes characters look unintelligent
Maybe they are.

Movie Maker
07-21-2005, 10:22 AM
Miss/Missus = Non Married
Mrs. = Married

xyzzy
07-21-2005, 10:24 AM
Miss/Missus = Non Married
Mrs. = Married

No.

chrisfasowned
07-21-2005, 11:00 AM
Miss/Missus = Non Married
Mrs. = Married
missus = mrs. = married
miss = ms. = non-married

Movie Maker
07-21-2005, 11:01 AM
missus = mrs. = married
miss = ms. = non-married

well played, clerks.

Dusto
07-21-2005, 11:05 AM
missus = mrs. = married
miss = ms. = non-married

Close, but not quite.

mrs. = missus = married
miss = non-married (no abbreviation)
ms. = miz = form of address for a woman that has nothing to do with marital status.

Caley Tibbittz
07-21-2005, 11:07 AM
well played, clerks.
:lol:

joespam
07-21-2005, 12:03 PM
Close, but not quite.

mrs. = missus = married
miss = non-married (no abbreviation)
ms. = miz = form of address for a woman that has nothing to do with marital status.

If I read a character saying 'miz' I wouldn't be sure if they were saying 'Ms.' or some kind of bastardized pronunciation of 'Mrs.'

joespam
07-21-2005, 12:08 PM
why wouldn't you use Mrs?

mispelling makes characters look unintelligent

Misspelling makes the author look unintelligent and the editor look incompetent. Phonetically spelling accented speech or including slang or dialect is more a part of characterization in my book.

And either way, 'Missus' or 'Missis' isn't misspelling according to at least two dictionaries I've consulted, so what's yer point?

xyzzy
07-21-2005, 12:26 PM
If I read a character saying 'miz' I wouldn't be sure if they were saying 'Ms.' or some kind of bastardized pronunciation of 'Mrs.'

Why? It's pretty common.