There’s a very good reason for the ‘R’ in Mrs – and you’ll never guess it


0 There’s a very good reason for the ‘R’ in Mrs – and you’ll never guess it IN modern day, we use a lot of words and terms while completely unaware of their historic meanings. By Alice Dear
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

One of those words – which we use every single day without thinking – is the term for a married woman, Mrs.

Mrs is in fact short for missus – which leads us to wonder, why is there an ‘R’ in the title then?

Well, Mental Floss have done some digging and worked out that it’s all to do with history – who would’ve guessed?

Historically, Mrs was originally short for Mistress, similar to Master for males.

The term 'mistress' over time lost it's R sound and became missus [Getty]

The term of ‘mistress’ had connotations of a woman who is in charge of something, therefore a governess would be a mistress as she is in charge of the children.

Over time, coming to the end of the 18th century, the pronunciation of ‘mistress’ became ‘missus,’ discarding the r sound.

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By then, the term mistress had also become a term for a woman who was not married, and not a Mrs.

‘Missus’ then became a title servants or workers would use to talk to their employer, which means that when someone went to write ‘missus,’ they would instead use a more formal term – ‘Mrs.’

Of course, these days the term ‘mistress’ also has some pretty bad connotations, which we’re sure also have a mind blowing back story.

You learn something new every day!

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