26 April 2016
Have you ever wondered why the short form for Missus is Mrs? Where does the R come from?
Well, ‘Mrs’ was originally a contraction of Mistress, the feminine of Mister, or Master, which was applied to both married and unmarried women.
But because language is dynamic, people started to pronounce ‘Mistress’ as ‘Missis’ but the written contraction of ‘Mrs’ still stuck.
Mistress is still used to refer to women today, but it is usually meant for highly-positioned women and has even developed a connotation of referring to a woman who is involved with a married man.