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Mr. or Mr is an English honorific used for a man too old to be addressed as Master, under the rank of knighthood, and, supposedly, though not really in practice, above some undefined level of social status (see below). In Britain, though not in the United States, the title also excludes those who have the title Dr. It is an abbreviation (or contraction) of Mister, though it is almost never spelt out in normal usage. The plural of Mr is Messrs (IPA pronunciation: ['mesə(r)z]), an abbreviation for the French messieurs.
Mister is an alteration of Master; the equivalent female titles, Mrs, Miss, and Ms, are variants of Mistress. After the development of the word Mister for adult males, the title Master was retained and used for boys and young men.
Originally posted by Studious
Mr. Ms. Mrs. etc... are honorifics. They enbue respect.
I am most annoyed by this. I have often stated that political correctness is getting us nowhere. It is making governments and companies insane forcing strange restrictions that confuse and annoy. Particularly when forced to use the terms they have made. All it does is artificially change societal norms that have existed for centuries. Instead of eliminating Ms. and Mrs. we should add a Male title that displays martial status. Since Mister (Mr.) is used for adults perhaps that could mean the same as Mrs.
Originally posted by czacza1
but I want to declare that this is not a coincidence. we have others strange recomendation coming from parliament of EU - already in some countries the teachers in schools can not use the verbs like "mom" or "dad" but the parent instead, or in Dutch they are going to have the third toilet in schools for the kids with mixed sexual orientation, and so and so and so...
example? the verb "patriot". in Europe you call "patriot" the person when you do not want to call him/her a "xenophobic". we are multicultural, multilangage and multinational societies here. you can not be a patriot any more.