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cjd874

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Okay. Resident Grammar Nazi, @Old Thunder, back me up on something, please:

"Miss" refers to a single woman who has never been married, while "Ms." refers to a previously married woman who is either divorced or separated.

Correct?
I agree with you on the usage of "Miss," but I think "Ms." is a title that doesn't specifically indicate a woman's marital status. At the school where I work, most of the women who aren't married use "Ms," no matter what age they are. The married women obviously use "Mrs."
 

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Well, like I said, when I was in school, they taught us that if a woman was never married before, she's a "Miss," while a woman is no longer married, but was before (i.e. divorced or widowed), is a "Ms."

I'm trying to figure out who the education system has failed: me, or kids I'm arguing with who say "Miss" and "Ms." are the same thing.
 

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I've always learned that Ms. was a generic term for a woman regardless of marital status. Basically, if you dont know if she's married or not, just write Ms.

That said, I rarely see anyone use 'Miss' anymore, and usually just use Ms. instead.
 

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Yeah.

“Mrs.” = married.
“Miss” = single.
“Ms.” = denotes merely that the person is a woman. Is used both if you don’t know the woman’s marital status or if she doesn’t want to explicitly give away her marital status.
 

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After about forty years of stigmatizing and utilizing fear-tactis, the Cancer Institute has finally admitted that yes, there is something that can effectively kill cancer without the harmful effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation.

Are you ready?

It's. . . .

Medical marijuana.

Surprised?
 

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I'm saying they're just now finally admitting it.
 
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