Miss, Ms., or Mrs.?!?!?

So the other day I was discussing who would be a Miss or Ms. with my BMs. Could any of you provide clarification? Is Miss someone who has never been married, or is there a certain age when they should be Ms.? Also ,just for clarification, Mrs. is for married women, correct?
Posted on March 21, 2008 at 6:00 pm
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Hmm I dunno. You could ask to see which they prefer. Mrs. is married. I think Miss is a young woman and Ms. is for an older woman.
Posted on March 21, 2008 at 6:04 pm
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As a teacher, you definitely get used to those titles. Miss is for unmarried people and Mrs. is for married people. Ms. was a title created for people that did not want others to know their status. It was a feminist idea that a woman's marital status is not anybody's business, but these days is usually used by just single people who prefer it (often older people). As I told my students before I got engaged, I went by miss so I could advertise that I was single! :)
I would just ask them what they prefer.
Posted on March 21, 2008 at 7:26 pm
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Hi Cari,

I've read some etiquette posts/blogs that say any woman "over a certain age" (unspecified, by I assumed 30- which could also be my own personal paranoia) was a "Ms." but I disagree. As a woman of a certain age (just turned over 30- yikes), I still want to be called, and will call myself when asked, "Miss" and will do so until I get married.

Mrs. is used for currently married women and Ms. is reserve for divorced/widowed/or assumed bacheorlette women (over a certain, certain age-I don't know like 50-who have never been married and you know they are not going to be married?).

If you are really concerned, check with Emily Post. Old fashioned I know, but will shed some light.

Hope that helps!

T
Posted on March 21, 2008 at 8:14 pm
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I've always been taught what pinkgerbers said.

Mrs.= Mistress, which is used for married or widowed women
Miss= Maids like your "bridesmaids", or unmarried women
Ms.= undisclosed. It can be used for either

For my programs, I decided I would go with "Miss" for all the single women and didn't use "Ms." at all. I figured it should be one or the other just for uniformity. My parents are kind of traditional and thought that all groomsmen and bridesmaids should be single so I don't have any married women or men in the bridal party...
Posted on March 22, 2008 at 5:53 am
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For my invitations I did what Cat did.

CAT - my parents were adamant too about having single GMs and BMs...hehehe
Posted on March 22, 2008 at 6:06 am

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