Main Difference – Miss vs Ms
Miss and Ms are two titles that are used with the full name and last name of women. Though they are both titles used for women that are pronounced similarly, there is a distinct difference between them. The main difference between Miss and Ms is that Miss a title that is used to refer to unmarried women whereas Ms is a title that can be used to refer to a woman irrespective of her marital status.
Miss – Meaning and Usage
Miss is derived from the word Mistress which was in usage in the 1600s. This term was originally used to address young, unmarried ladies of upper-class households. Now Miss is a title that is used with young women and unmarried women. It is used to address teachers in some countries. It is also used to name beauty pageants such as Miss USA, Miss Universe, Miss World; the contestants in these pageants are unmarried women.
Miss can be used with the last name of a woman (Ex: Miss. Anderson) or with the full name. (Ex: Miss. Miriam Anderson) Miss. is pronounced as /ˈmɪs/. Misses is the plural form of Miss.
Ms – Meaning and Usage
Although the title Ms. came into usage a long time ago, it only became popular in recent times. The titles Mrs. and Miss. that were used for married women and unmarried women respectively, were the most used titles in the past. However, in the recent past, many writers’ associations and feminist began to suggest that there should be a female equivalent of Mr.(Mister), which doesn’t indicate the marital status of an individual. This was when the title Ms. began to be popular. Ms is now a commonly used title, especially in business and official context. Ms. doesn’t indicate the marital status of a woman. Therefore, it can be used with married, unmarried and divorced women.
Like Miss., it can be used with both the last name (Ex: Ms. Anderson) and the full name of an individual. (Ex: Ms. Miriam Anderson) Ms. is pronounced as /ˈmɪz/. Mss. or Mses are the plural form of Ms.
Difference Between Miss and Ms
Miss is a title used for young or unmarried women.
Ms is a title that can be used for women regardless of their marital status.
Miss can be only used for unmarried women.
Ms can be used for unmarried, married, divorced or widowed women.
Miss is sometimes used to address teachers.
Ms is often in business and official context.
Miss is pronounced as /ˈmɪs/.
Ms is pronounced as /ˈmɪz/.
Miss is derived from Mistress.
Ms originated as an equivalent to Mr. (Mister)
Miss is written in the plural form as Misses.
Ms is written in the plural form as Mss. or Mses.
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