Post # 1
I’m putting together my shower invite list for the hostess of my shower and I am inviting a lot of women who are not married but have professional careers, live on their own, or are in their mid-to late twenties. Addressing them as “Miss” seems a bit innapropriate.
When does a Miss become a Ms.?
Post # 3
I think Ms. is appropriate for any adult woman.
Post # 4
Ms. is used (usually) for adult women who are divorced or did not take their husband’s name.
ETA: this is what you get when you fail to proofread.
Post # 5
Miss is for unmarried women, Ms is for married women who don’t take their husband’s name or divorced women.
Post # 6
As long as they are over 18 you can use either.
Post # 7
I think Ms. will do just fine
Post # 8
I read etiquette rules about this, some said a woman over 18, some said over 21, and some even said over 25. I went with post-college as my cut-off, figuring that anyone independent and working was an adult, and anyone still in school was “miss.” I didn’t get any compliants.
Post # 10
I thought even if you didn’t take your SO’s last name you were still a Mrs. good to know! I would have been saying the wrong thing, I will be a Ms. =D
Post # 11
I think it’s regional.
When I was a teacher in the province of BC, I was always called Ms.B. I think even the married teachers went by Ms.
Then when I moved to Ontario, the norm was Miss. B
But for addressing invites–no idea. Before I was married I wouldn’t have minded either way if someone addressed it as Miss or Ms. I think it’s a bit of a feminist thing…..a none-of-your-business thing.
Post # 12
I personally hate the Ms., I much prefer Miss. However, I have been divorced so I don’t get much of a choice. But if I wasn’t then I would prefer to be called Miss.
Post # 13
when they have some sort of wedding ceremony. It doesn’t matter if they don’t live apart.
Post # 14
My understanding is that Ms. is the equivalent to Mr. In that it can be used for any woman and does not indicate marital status.
Post # 15
@cvbee: I agree on the regionalities of it – in Southern Ontario, I wouldn’t have called a teacher anything BUT “Ms.” regardless of their age or marital status.
Any woman outside of college, over 25 will be addressed as “Ms” and the younger ones are clear cut (my neices are 14 and 10), “Miss”.
Post # 16
@med700: Interesting, I thought it was a west coast (Ms.) vs ontario (Miss) thing, but it must be a big city thing (Vancouver) vs. a smaller community thing (Parry Sound).