France, never shy about controversy, has banned the use of Miss, or Mademoiselle, on government forms.

But why? And while we’re at it, what’s the deal with Ms?

Linguist Daniel Midgley discusses terms of address on this episide of Talk the Talk.

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Jezebel is a good place to start

Or the BBC

Ms goes back farther than you’d think.

But it took until the 1970s for it to hit print in a big way.
This chart from Google N-Grams compares “Ms Smith” and “Ms Jones”, two common surnames.

Why is there an ‘r’ in Mrs? Cecil explains.

Etymonline backs it up.