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I would call these examples of "Idioms"; English is a language built on arcane phrases such as these which have hidden or implied meanings which are more or less derived from their continued use in a given context.


This is not so much an issue of proper English as it is a matter of modern etiquette. Putting Mrs in front of a surname indicates that the woman is or was married to the Mr by the same name. Putting Mrs in front of woman's maiden name makes it sound like she is married to her father. Many woman who keep their maiden names much prefer Ms. and will tell you ...

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