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The Anachronistic Ms.
"Ms." used as an honorific instead of "Miss" or "Mrs." in stories set before 1971, when it was popularized.
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The modern usage of "Ms." as an English-language honorific for a woman of indeterminate marital status was coined in 1961, and not popularized until a decade later, when feminist Gloria Steinem used it as the title for her new magazine.

While there were some interesting antecedents ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ms. described here]] by The Other Wiki, the modern usage of "Ms." in fiction is generally anachronistic and inappropriate for stories set prior to the 1970s.

A lot of modern writers either forget this or are ignorant of the relatively recent origin of the honorific.
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