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What are ‘Mrs’ and ‘Ms’ short for? The abbreviations Mr and Mrs are in common use, and are straightforward to pronounce when we see them written down: an approximation would be ‘mister’ and ‘missus’.

What are ‘Mrs’ and ‘Ms’ short for?

But what are they abbreviations of? We seldom, if ever, write them out in full – and most of us probably never stop to think what the full versions of these words are. It may come as a surprise that ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ aren’t actually short for mister and missus – they were originally abbreviations of master and mistress. ‘Mistress’ used to be the title prefixed to the name of a married woman, a usage dating back to the 15th century, as these early examples in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) show: 1463 in S. 1471 J.

The use of ‘Mistress’ to denote a married woman is now the least common meaning of the word: it only survives as a dialect form in some parts of the world. When and how did Mistress divorce Mrs? Lor-love-a-duck, it’s the missus! Some might think that the word missus is the full version of ‘Mrs’, written down. What's Your Reaction? (Preferences: Gerund and Infinitive) Welcome page for the flagship London restaurant. Participles in boxes « A Muse Amuses. Yesterday I was standing in for a colleague who’s gone to Disney with her kids, and so I was teaching an Upper Intermediate 2 class (they’re preparing for FCE in december).

Participles in boxes « A Muse Amuses

The previous class they’d read a text about Pompeii and the other teacher had left me with the remit of continuing on into the language focus that followed on from the reading – participle clauses! While I can imagine some of you might think participle clauses aren’t for the faint hearted, I was actually quite excited at the prospect, since it gave me the opportunity to try out a game I designed for the IHWO Games Bank, which I’ve never actually had the chance to use in a class before.

And since the class was a group of teens from 13 to 16, a game of boxes was just what I needed to keep their attention on the target language and get some intense practice in. We quickly looked at the example sentences form the text and explored together what participle clauses actually were. Then it was straight into the game. Translator noun. English for Airline Staff : Vocabulary - ESL.

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