Friday, November 21, 2008

What's in a name?

During center time today, one of my girls was "reading the room" with a pointer. She got to my desk and read my nameplate out loud: "Mrs. M."

I called across the room, "MISS M, not Mrs.!"

She gave me a blank look. "But there are two s's in that word... so it's Mrs."

"Well, that does make sense, but that word is Miss. Mrs. is only for ladies who are married." I held up my hand. "See? No wedding ring."

"Oh," she said. "But you look grown up. You should have a husband!"

Ah, the logic of a first grader.


Betty said...

Kids can be so funny. It's interesting that all men, married or not, are called Mr. What's up with that?

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

Because men were independent whether they were married or not, so their marital status was not relevant, whereas Miss indicated that a woman was still the ward of her father rather than a dependent of her husband.

But that is a great story!