Wasn't Mrs. short for mistress? Why do we read Mrs. as missus(or sometimes missis) instead of mistress?
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It is read as mistress, albeit a contracted form of it, just like ma'am is a popular contraction of madam. Quoting WP:
Mr(s) is a reference to the feminine of "Mr." The most common reference is to "missus," (a female "mister" if you will), although it could also be a reference to "mistress" (a female master).