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Originally posted by mr-lizard
Stupid, stupid political correctness...
This is what isolates people.
Originally posted by ravenshadow13
They probably will just all use Ms. now, instead. Because there aren't 3 different forms of Mr. relating to marital status. And sometimes it's too personal to ask Miss vs Mrs. As long as Ms is still okay, I think that's fine, and probably a good idea.
I don't know if half my teachers prefer Ms. vs Miss or Mrs. vs Ms.
Originally posted by wookiee
MS (mizzzzzzz) is not a word and I refuse to call any female 'mistress', of which ms is an abbreviation.
Ms (UK) or Ms. (USA) (pronounced /mɪz/ or /məz/) is an English honorific used with the last name or full name of a woman. As with Mrs. and Miss, Ms. is a contraction of the honorific "Mistress", which is the feminine of "Mister" or "Master". Unlike Miss and Mrs., however, Ms. is used properly of married, divorced, or unmarried women and therefore does not denote marital status. In the U.S., the Emily Post Institute states that Ms. is the default form of address for business correspondence with a woman.
Originally posted by loam
Pretty ridiculous from a continent where 'gender' is built into the very structure of several languages found in Europe.
Perhaps this is a conspiracy perpetrated by English speaking students who no longer wish to memorize the gender of endless strings of nouns.
I guess until French, German, Spanish and Italian (among others) are thoroughly revamped, we wont have to hear from the Europeans for quite some time on any subject.
[edit on 16-3-2009 by loam]
Originally posted by mystiq
If they've done this, according to the article, while a man may be addressed as Mr. which gives him some politeness and respect, a woman should only be addressed by her name, which in itself is sexist.
Originally posted by j2000
I've broken into their secret data base and found the answer to the question.
If you don't know someone's name, you simply shout.
And point when everyone looks.
Originally posted by americandingbat
reply to post by AlienChaser
They're not talking about how you should address your neighbor, your mother-in-law, or the bank teller. They're talking about how they should address each other during parliamentary sessions, what language they should use in official publications, how they should refer to female third parties in official statements. No big deal.