Language and Gender, ‘Mr, ‘Mrs’, ‘Ms’ and ‘Miss’

Kate Mitchell

I recently carried out a survey on what the various titles for men and women meant to individuals.

The survey questioned what they believed the titles for male and female, married and unmarried characters in the scenario should be.

One of my findings was that older people, male and female find the term ‘Ms’ to be used for an older, single female. The term ‘Ms’ would be used by this generation if it is their professional name or if the term ‘Miss’ seems too young for them, thus making it incorrect.

I believe that this is due to the fact that when these participants grew up young women were called ‘Miss’ more often. This is due to the fact that when these participants attended school, there was higher formality and the teacher would often address the children as ‘Miss’. This would therefore make the term seem as though it is associated…

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15 thoughts on “Language and Gender, ‘Mr, ‘Mrs’, ‘Ms’ and ‘Miss’

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