Titles – Mrs.

“Mrs.” (pronounced “Missez”)

This is a title reserved especially for married women. There are some modern variants on this subject, but I prefer the following (using the name “Linda Smith” as an example):

When addressing her directly, you can say, “Mrs. Smith”.

When addressing her formally (especially on a letter), you can say, “Mrs. John Smith” – using her husband’s first name, followed by their last name.

I do not see that “Mrs. Linda” is ever appropriate. In some ways, you could think of “Mrs.” as meaning “Married to”. So, “Mrs. John Smith” essentially says, “Married to John Smith”.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s