Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co.
In the case of the larger firms the mark also has publicity value and shows the buyer that the object was made by a long-established firm with a reputation to uphold; such clear name- marks as Minton, Wedgwood, Royal Crown Derby and Royal Worcester are typical examples.
The evidence of when these changes happened is lacking, but J.
Walker, in his So, we’re not sure when Mrs and Mistress became two separate words, pronounced differently – but we know that this has been the case for at least 200 years.
Geologists have a bit of awkwardness in their language in talking about the deep past: distinguishing dates from durations.
Recently the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) convened a task force to decide on an official definition of the year to go into the Système International or SI, the "metric system." The exact definition isn't important here, but the symbol they chose, "a," would happen to override geological custom by requiring everyone to use "Ma" (and ka and Ga, etc.) everywhere.
Imagine: ‘Dear Missus Cooper, we are writing to advise you that you are on the incorrect tax code’ – it looks quite wrong.
Oxford’s language research shows that ‘missus’ is mostly used informally to indicate a man’s wife, with either ‘my’ or ‘the’ in front of it.
‘Mistress’ used to be the title prefixed to the name of a married woman, a usage dating back to the 15 (2004) I. So, the abbreviation for ‘Mrs’ survived, but not the practice of pronouncing it as ‘mistress’: today, the only standard, accepted pronunciation is ‘missus’. According to the century, ‘missus’ first became an informal contracted pronunciation of Mrs., and ultimately, the only allowable pronunciation.
When this stage was reached, Mrs (pronounced ‘missus’) became a distinct word from ‘mistress’.