Padraic Brown writes:
> --- Tim May <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > What do you mean, turn it around on them? That's
> > part of its intended use.
> I use /mIz/ for everyone. [Unless I know that the
> person in question uses Ms for PC reasons. Then she
> gets a Mrs. in writing, or a clear /mIsEs/ in speech.]
Why? Deliberately disregarding someones chosen mode of address - in
such a way as to violate the consistancy of you own behaviour -
strikes me as singularly discourteous.
> It has nothing to do with the "intended use", but with
> a convergence of /mIz/, /mIsz/ and /mIs/ all of which
> are very close and easy to level in rapid speech.
This, on the other hand, is perfectly reasonable.