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Mrs.

You see this word and ‘wife of’ is probably the first thing you think of… well, think again.

Originating in 16th century France, Mrs. was the abbreviation of mistress and was considered a vulgar word in English until the 19th century!

The sense of one’s wife was only attested in the 1920s.

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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