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2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by SammyBiyi(m): 11:33am On Jul 20, 2020
Aside professional titles or that regarding a woman's family status, the 2 types of titles commonly used while addressing a lady are "Miss" and "Mrs." But the inappropriate usage of these titles could be problematic. So, when and when not do we use them?

It is a common thing to address an unmarried lady or a spinster with the title "Miss," and every married lady with "Mrs." This is, however, not always correct, and that is why a third title "Ms" was introduced in the early 20th century to avoid the pitfall of using either "Miss" or "Mrs."

When to use "Miss"
"Miss," like "Mrs" and "Ms," is derived from the word Mistress. It is used to address an unmarried young girl or lady whose age is below 30. It is not used to address every spinster or single lady out there.

Example: Miss Abigael is 10 years old today

Just like when Mister, instead of Master, is used for a mature man, "Miss" should be avoided when addressing a mature lady, single or not.

When to use "Mrs"
"Mrs" can also be colloquially tagged as Missus. It is commonly used to address married women only.

Example: Mrs. Sam-Biyi has been writing for Opera News Hub since May 2020.

This title, however, may not hold while addressing a divorced woman or one who is widowed. So how should these ladies be addressed? That leads us to the third and most important one.

When to use "Ms"
Since you don't have a psychic power that says the marital status of every lady you meet, how should such a person be addressed?

A sure way to eliminate the confusion that might arise when addressing a lady whose age or marital status is unknown is by using "Ms."

First, for a single lady who is over age 30, it is inappropriate to address her as a "Miss." The best title to use would be "Ms."

Example: Ms Gloria would be 31 this August.

Second, when a lady's marital status is unknown -- whether single, married, divorced, or widowed -- "Ms" should be employed.

"Ms" is like the title "Mr" used to address men of all ages and marital status. It helps to be on a safe side when addressing women of varying age and marital status. You can never go wrong with "Ms."

If you seem confused about what title to use for a lady, don't just use "Miss" or "Mrs," it won't hurt if you ask her her preference. If you feel too shy to ask, use "Ms."

I hope you are educated on this. So, don't ever use "Miss" or "Mrs" when "Ms" should be used.

Source...
https://www.operanewsapp.com/ng/en/share/detail?news_id=38c4f9739f926724ae267f54af018841&news_entry_id=s36f815a0200718en_ng&open_type=tanscoded&request_id=news_47ac65b7-b08c-4280-b5a2-ebab57d8244d&from=news

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Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by yanabasee1(m): 12:08pm On Jul 20, 2020
Me that will just call her Madam and go my way!....mtchwwwwee

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Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by punisha: 4:39pm On Jul 20, 2020
sad

If I slap u OP, u will join Pondei and faint.

Soon u will come and tell me that English name of moimoi is mewmew.

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Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by Aditkd(f): 7:15pm On Jul 20, 2020
I have really learnt alot. Thank you so much for this educative write up. Please, do write some more educative piece. Thank you

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Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by Ketamine9000mg(m): 7:24pm On Jul 20, 2020
How do we pronounce Ms?

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Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by Elui2(m): 8:07pm On Jul 20, 2020
Ketamine9000mg:
How do we pronounce Ms?
abeg ask the itibolibo for me o

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Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by phemmyfour: 5:10am On Jul 21, 2020
Ketamine9000mg:
How do we pronounce Ms?
Its pronounce with "z"

"miss" with the /i/ and /s/ and "ms" with a schwa and a /z/,
Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by pode(m): 6:56am On Jul 21, 2020
Thanks and God bless you for this beautiful write up
Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by freshkpomo(m): 7:30am On Jul 21, 2020
Educative write-up, thanks OP.



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Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by kingPhidel(m): 7:53am On Jul 21, 2020
OP, I was expecting sound record of the pronunciation. If not hold ur explaination or i use ma'am and walker away to wakanda
Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by nams77: 8:10am On Jul 21, 2020
Nice one op
Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by philipstanley(m): 10:28am On Jul 21, 2020
It is true that we learn everyday
Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by mastertunji(m): 11:13am On Jul 21, 2020
Nice tip
Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by Karlifate: 11:21am On Jul 21, 2020
punisha:
sad
If I slap u OP, u will join Pondei and faint.
Soon u will come and tell me that English name of moimoi is mewmew.
Nice one, OP.

Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by uchrikk(m): 11:47am On Jul 21, 2020
Ketamine9000mg:
How do we pronounce Ms?

MS can only work well when written. As for pronunciation, you will find yourself saying MISS instead.
OP is right anyway, Somehow, these things matter a lot to women.
Re: 2 Times You Should NEVER Address A Lady As A "Miss" Or "Mrs" by paulolee(m): 11:55am On Jul 21, 2020
good

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