Re: Proper Usage of Miss

Subject: Re: Proper Usage of Miss
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Brierley -at- QUODATA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 12:20:20 -0500


When writing a letter, or some such, I am careful to use the title Mrs.
strictly for married women and Miss. for unmarried ones. If I do not know
and cannot find out, I use Ms. I seldom get the opportunity or have the need
to use these titles in my technical documentation, however. I would be
curious to know why the use of titles would be prevalent in tech docs?

I do have the frequent opportunity to interact with the general public in an
official capacity. Whenever addressing a woman, regardless of age and I do
NOT check for a ring, I address her as Miss. I do this because I suspect
more women will object to the title Ma'am than will object to Miss. Also, I
am uncomfortable saying: "Excuse me Mrs./Ms., may I help you . . .."

Sorry, I do not know of a reference source.

Stay safe.

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: Debbie Warren [mailto:dwarren -at- DTECHS -dot- COM]
>>>Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 1999 11:54 AM
>>>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>>>Subject: Proper Usage of Miss
>>>Several of my co-workers say "Miss Jane or Miss Linda" even
>>>when the woman
>>>is married. I do not believe that they are using Miss
>>>correctly. I think
>>>that one should always use "Miss" with a last name and only
>>>for a unmarried
>>>woman. I'm I right?
>>>Can anyone refer me to a reference book or a web site?

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