LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||12/FEV/2006 8:30 PM|
|Assunto:||Abreviação do Plural de Senhora|
Sorry, but I couldn't resist. "Mistress" (Mrs.) is a very obsolete word. Today it is used to mean lover in the sense that the man gives her a place to live, a car, money for clothes, etc.
The female counterpart of a postmaster was postmistress. A lady I know used to tell her customers, "I'm a postmaster, not a postmistress. I don't get paid enough to be anyone's mistress!" Her boss, also a woman, never referred to herself as a "postmistress", always as a "postmaster".
"Mesdames" could be used as the plural form of "Mrs.", but even simply "Mrs." is acceptable as a plural. I double-checked this with Merridian-Webster.
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