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    kilo50, Unitary Moonbat, epppie

    ...all simply meant "Mistress." "Miss" could actually be seen as a little insulting in the later 17th century. I've noticed in some English writing of the Resotation period that it is often used in writing about women of less-than-sterling reputation ("a young Miss of the Towne").

    I first noticed the pattern when reading some pamphlets about Anne Hutchinson--she is referred to as "Mris" "Ms" and "Mrs" Hutchinson, all int he same text. Gotta love those pre-standardized spelling days!

    There's a similar thing going on in early modern French, btw--I've noticed in some Canadien documents of the 17th century that "Madame" and "Mademoiselle" are used interchangably with no apparent differntiation.

    Aren't you glad you asked? LOL!!!

    "He that knew all that learning ever writ/Knew only this - that he knew nothing yet"

    by aphra behn on Sun Sep 17, 2006 at 07:38:46 PM PDT

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