(Closed) When does a Miss become a Ms.?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think Ms. is appropriate for any adult woman. 

Post # 4
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

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
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Miss is for unmarried women, Ms is for married women who don’t take their husband’s name or divorced women.

Post # 6
15 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

As long as they are over 18 you can use either.

Post # 7
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think Ms. will do just fine

Post # 8
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 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
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

when they have some sort of wedding ceremony. It doesn’t matter if they don’t live apart.

Post # 14
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 # 16
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@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).


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